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or miz·en  (mĭz′ən)
n. Nautical
1. A fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast.
2. A mizzenmast.

[Middle English mesan, from Old French misaine, Old Spanish mezana or Old Italian mezzana, all ultimately from Latin mediānus, of the middle, from medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.]

miz′zen adj.


(ˈmɪzən) nautical or


1. (Nautical Terms) a sail set on a mizzenmast
2. (Nautical Terms) short for mizzenmast
(Nautical Terms) of or relating to any kind of gear used with a mizzenmast: a mizzen staysail.
[C15: from French misaine, from Italian mezzana, mezzano middle]


or miz•en

(ˈmɪz ən)
1. a fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast.
3. of or pertaining to the mizzenmast.
[1400–50; late Middle English, probably « Italian mezzana]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mizzen - third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more mastsmizzen - third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy
mast - a vertical spar for supporting sails
2.mizzen - fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction


[ˈmɪzn] Nmesana f
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But few thoughts of Pan stirred Ahab's brain, as standing like an iron statue at his accustomed place beside the mizen rigging, with one nostril he unthinkingly snuffed the sugary musk from the Bashee isles (in whose sweet woods mild lovers must be walking), and with the other consciously inhaled the salt breath of the new found sea; that sea in which the hated White Whale must even then be swimming.
We got the starboard tacks aboard, we cast off our weather-braces and lifts; we set in the lee-braces, and hauled forward by the weather-bowlings, and hauled them tight, and belayed them, and hauled over the mizen tack to windward, and kept her full and by as near as she would lie.
Upon each side of the Pequod's quarter deck, and pretty close to the mizen shrouds, there was an auger hole, bored about half an inch or so, into the plank.
I last spoke to the Mizens the year Jimmy died, when the Mirror ran a campaign following a string of young lives lost to street violence.
Since then, the Mizens have battled to help make young people safer - including creating the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, which works to increase young people's awareness of the consequences of violent crime.
There was also a moving presentation by Barry and Margaret Mizens who shared their harrowing story of their son's murder and how they have turned a tragic event into a message of forgiveness and the importance of working for peace.
The fledgling business has been open for just seven weeks but the Mizens are enjoying the change.
Liverpool-born Mrs McCann and her husband, Gerry, have been in touch with the Mizens for a while but this was the first time Mrs McCann met them in person.
The Mizens have met with Jermain Defoe, whose half-brother was murdered in similar circumstances.
So it's the yobs and not decent folk like the Mizens who rule our streets.
But we can all draw strength from the Mizens and the simple truth, cliched or not, that love can conquer all.
TEARS: Friends comfort each other outside church yesterday TRAGIC: Jimmy was a gentle giant who loved his family and was popular with his friends at school ANGUISH: The Mizens, from left, mother Margaret, Tommy, Danny, Billy, George (foreground), father Barry, Bobby, and Harry