What does the word topmast mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by F. Tennyson Jesse