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top·mast

 (tŏp′məst, -măst′)
n.
The section of mast below the topgallant mast in a square-rigged ship and highest in a fore-and-aft-rigged ship.

topmast

(ˈtɒpˌmɑːst; ˈtɒpməst)
n
(Nautical Terms) the mast next above a lower mast on a sailing vessel

top•mast

(ˈtɒpˌmæst, -ˌmɑst; Naut. -məst)

n.
the mast next above a lower mast, usu. formed as a separate spar from the lower mast and used to support the yards or rigging of a topsail.
[1475–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.topmast - the mast next above a lower mast and topmost in a fore-and-aft rigtopmast - the mast next above a lower mast and topmost in a fore-and-aft rig
fore-topmast - the topmast next above the foremast
main-topmast - the topmast next above the mainmast
mast - a vertical spar for supporting sails
royal mast - topmast immediately above the topgallant mast
topgallant mast, topgallant - a mast fixed to the head of a topmast on a square-rigged vessel
Translations

topmast

[ˈtɒpmɑːst] Nmastelero m
References in classic literature ?
The horns of the cross-trees were sawed off on the other side, so that this old top-mast looked not a little like a gallows.
We would not get down our topmast, but let all stand, because she scudded before the sea very well, and we knew that the top-mast being aloft, the ship was the wholesomer, and made better way through the sea, seeing we had sea-room.
A top-mast was hoisted, and another jib, held out to the wind, added its force to the other sails.