What does the word topgallant mean?

Usage examples for topgallant

  1. They were certainly a very smart set of fellows aboard the Frenchman; for no sooner had the topgallant- mast fallen than the hands were in her rigging on their way aloft to clear away the wreck. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  2. I next had the fore- topgallant- sail and foresail off her. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. No, no, sir, shake out the reef, and sway away on the topgallant- mast rope; I'm for bringing the Molly Swash into her old shape again, and make her look handsome once more. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper