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miz·zenor miz·en (mĭz′ən)
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.]
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mizzen(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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||mizzen - 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
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