Pronunciation: (mān'mast", -mäst"; Naut.mān'must), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/mainmast.html on line 75 [key]
1. the second mast from forward in any ship having two or more masts, except for a yawl, ketch, or dandy. See illus. under quarterdeck.
2. the larger forward mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy.
3. the sole mast of any of various ships, as sloops or cutters.
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