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a.1.Bearing no mast; as, a mastless oak or beech.
1.Having no mast; as, a mastless vessel.
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I sought no shelter, therefore, but the sky; and toiling into Chatham, - which, in that night's aspect, is a mere dream of chalk, and drawbridges, and mastless ships in a muddy river, roofed like Noah's arks, - crept, at last, upon a sort of grass-grown battery overhanging a lane, where a sentry was walking to and fro.
Burgin, who had been on the helm, found himself in the water well clear of the yacht when she righted herself, mastless.
Don Shanks, spokesman at RAF Kinloss, said: "He was drifting mastless in roughening seas and did well to keep himself going.