What does the word foremast mean?

Usage examples for foremast

  1. Having freed our ship by baling, the wind shifted to the north- west, and somewhat dulled; but presently after the storm renewed with such violence, and our ship laboured so hard, that we lost our foremast, and our ship became as full of water as before. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  2. Two sailors, seizing some loose line, ran up the foremast to where Ralph had sunk back in a swoon, overcome by the combined effects of illness and the terrors of his position. – Ralph Granger's Fortunes by William Perry Brown
  3. Now, as all service is voluntary, it is evident that the only chance America has of manning her navy is from the thirty thousand British seamen in her employ, the other branches of navigation either not producing seamen, or those employed in them being too independent in situation to serve as foremast men. – Diary in America, Series One by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)