n.1.The act of dismasting; the state of being dismasted.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Was there an element of "If I can't leave my conventional rut, why should she?") Then there were the libertines: "Free them to be what they want to be." (These gloried in the vicarious adventure, and seemed to give little thought to ideas of dismastment or drowning).