What does the word mizzen mean?

Usage examples for mizzen

  1. Not but what Miss Prince has treated me handsome right straight along, the old sailor explained, while the inspector, thinking this not a safe subject to continue, spoke suddenly about some fault of the galley; and after this was discussed, the eyes of the two practiced men sought the damaged mizzen mast, the rigging of which was hanging in snarled and broken lengths. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett
  2. The main and mizzen masts of the latter fall, and the boats are beaten to pieces. – The Dynasts An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes by Thomas Hardy
  3. The coxswain and Bax alone stood up, both holding on to the mizzen- mast. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne