- 1 (also mizzenmast) The mast aft of a ship’s mainmast.More example sentences
- The crew had formed a circle on the deck around the mizzenmast and the captain, whose back was turned to her.
- Also, the fore-and-aft sail on the mizzenmast, originally a triangular lateen sail, was changed to accommodate the more modern rig.
- His square-rigged ship with the cross and bones flying from the mizzenmast was a feared sight in the eyes of captains of merchant barques.
- 2 (also mizzensail) A sail on the mizzenmast of a ship, in particular the lowest sail on the mizzenmast of a square-rigged sailing ship: [as modifier]: mizzen yardMore example sentences
- A gust of wind hit them as the mizzensail was unfurled, followed by the mainsail and the foresail.
- Sure, you need to be able to tell the contemporary equivalent of a fore topgallant from a mizzen topsail, but that's what all those seminars and lectures are for.
- Bellerophon's main topmast had been shot away and her mizzen topmast was in a precarious state.
late Middle English: from Italian mezzana 'mizzensail', feminine (used as a noun) of mezzano 'middle', from Latin medianus (see median).
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