Mast (mast), n. [AS. mæst, fem.; akin to G. mast, and E. meat. See Meat.]

The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns.

Oak mast, and beech, . . . they eat.
Chapman.

Swine under an oak filling themselves with the mast.
South.

 

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Mast, n. [AS. mæst, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.]

1. (Naut.)

A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc. A mast may also consist of several pieces of timber united by iron bands, or of a hollow pillar of iron or steel.

The tallest pine
Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast
Of some great ammiral.
Milton.

⇒ The most common general names of masts are foremast, mainmast, and mizzenmast, each of which may be made of separate spars.

2. (Mach.)

The vertical post of a derrick or crane.

Afore the mast, Before the mast. See under Afore, and Before. - - Mast coat. See under Coat. --
Mast hoop, one of a number of hoops attached to the fore edge of a boom sail, which slip on the mast as the sail is raised or lowered; also, one of the iron hoops used in making a made mast. See Made.

 

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Mast, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Masted; p. pr. & vb. n. Masting.]

To furnish with a mast or masts; to put the masts of in position; as, to mast a ship.

 

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Mast, n. (Aëronautics)

A spar or strut to which tie wires or guys are attached for stiffening purposes.

 

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