1. the mast next above a lower mast and topmost in a fore-and-aft rig
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How To Use topmast In A Sentence

  • Our mizzenmast soon went, and soon afterwards the maintopmast.
  • Sea Troll, he thought, was damaged: it could not pursue without raising a new main-topmast.
  • To take the pull off the tops, the shrouds are continued round to the mast as "futtock" shrouds, on the same principle as the foretopmast-stay finds its continuation in the bobstay. Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891
  • Then the fore-topmast would fall, yards would fall. Hornblower And The Hotspur
  • She is generally under two topsails, fore and main topsails, fore and foretopmast staysails, sometimes topgallant sails and jib, but seldom any sail on the mizzen, except while in chase of a vessel.
  • On Rose, the lower masts are steel and the topmasts and topgallant masts are wooden, typically pine or spruce.
  • We were not very long in getting our preventers rigged, after which we not only set our royal and flying-jib, but also shifted our gaff-topsail, hauling down Number 3, a jib-headed affair, and setting Number 2 in its place, a sail nearly twice as big as the other, with its lofty, tapering head laced to a yard very nearly as long as the topmast. A Middy of the Slave Squadron A West African Story
  • There is a good deal of what I call a lubber's fuss, parson, kept up on board a ship that shall be nameless, but which bears, about three leagues distant, broad off in the ocean, and which is lying to under a close-reefed maintopsail, a foretopmast-staysail, and foresail -- I call my hand a true one in mixing a can -- take another pull at the halyards! The Pilot
  • When I use Mikes numbers the main and topmasts fits but the topgallant masts seemed to be about 1/3 too high.
  • The port shrouds of the foremast carried away at the chain-plates, and the fore-topmast leaned over drunkenly to starboard. CHAPTER XV
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