Part of speech: noun

The mast next above the lower mast.

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Usage examples "topmast":

  1. Lower and lower she sank; as she did so, Peter climbed up to the topmast- head, and there he clung. - "The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. The gale increased, and suddenly the small bit of the fore- topsail that was hoisted burst into shreds with a clap like thunder, and carried away the fore- topmast with all its yards and rigging, part of the bowsprit, and the top of the mainmast. - "The Life of a Ship", R.M. Ballantyne.
  3. He found her topgallant sails thrashing out like blinds from a window, for the topgallant sheets had carried away, while the foresail and fore- topmast- staysail were like to flap themselves to rags. - "Beggars on Horseback", F. Tennyson Jesse.