Part of speech: noun

The principal mast of a vessel.

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Usage examples "mainmast":

  1. It was a " Diary of the Premier at Sea," when Mr. Gladstone was on board the Grantully Castle, and, so far from " husbanding his energies," as his doctor directed, was supposed to receive deputations, make speeches, convert the man- at- the- wheel from Toryism, and try to cut down the mainmast with his axe. - "The History of "Punch"", M. H. Spielmann.
  2. " He is here," said Collins, a midshipman I had addressed, lifting up an ensign which was spread near the mainmast. - "Hurricane Hurry", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. In one storm the mainmast was sprung in four places. - "The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II)", Washington Irving.