mast

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mast1 /mæst/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Nauticala polelike structure rising above a ship to hold sails
  2. any upright pole, as a support for an aerial, etc.:television masts.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mast1  (mast, mäst),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [Naut.]
    • Nauticala spar or structure rising above the hull and upper portions of a ship or boat to hold sails, spars, rigging, booms, signals, etc., at some point on the fore-and-aft line, as a foremast or mainmast.
    • Nauticalany of a number of individual spars composing such a structure, as a topmast supported on trestletrees at the head of a lower mast.
    • Nauticalany of various portions of a single spar that are beside particular sails, as a top-gallant mast and royal mast formed as a single spar.
  2. Also called  pillar. the upright support of a jib crane.
  3. any upright pole, as a support for an aerial, a post in certain cranes, etc.
  4. Nauticalbefore the mast, as an unlicensed sailor:He served several years before the mast.

v.t. 
  1. to provide with a mast or masts.
mastless, adj. 
mastlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English mæst; cognate with German Mast; akin to Latin mālus pole

mast2  (mast, mäst),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the fruit of the oak and beech or other forest trees, used as food for hogs and other animals.
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English mæst; cognate with German Mast; akin to meat

mast-, 
  • var. of  masto- before a vowel:mastectomy.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    mast /mɑːst/ n
    1. any vertical spar for supporting sails, rigging, flags, etc, above the deck of a vessel or any components of such a composite spar
    2. any sturdy upright pole used as a support
    3. before the mastas an apprentice seaman
    vb
    1. (transitive) to equip with a mast or masts
    Etymology: Old English mæst; related to Middle Dutch mast and Latin mālus pole
    mast /mɑːst/ n
    1. the fruit of forest trees, such as beech, oak, etc, used as food for pigs
    Etymology: Old English mæst; related to Old High German mast food, and perhaps to meat
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    masto-, 
  • a combining form meaning "breast,'' used in the formation of compound words:mastopathy.
  • Also,[esp. before a vowel,] mast-. 
    • combining form representing Greek mastós breast

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