Meaning of MAST in English

mast 1

— mastless , adj. — mastlike , adj.

/mast, mahst/ , n.

1. Naut.

a. a spar or structure rising above the hull and upper portions of a ship or boat to hold sails, spars, rigging, booms, signals, etc., at some point on the fore-and-aft line, as a foremast or mainmast.

b. any of a number of individual spars composing such a structure, as a topmast supported on trestletrees at the head of a lower mast.

c. any of various portions of a single spar that are beside particular sails, as a top-gallant mast and royal mast formed as a single spar.

2. Also called pillar . the upright support of a jib crane.

3. any upright pole, as a support for an aerial, a post in certain cranes, etc.

4. before the mast , Naut. as an unlicensed sailor: He served several years before the mast.


5. to provide with a mast or masts.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE maest; c. G Mast; akin to L malus pole ]

mast 2

/mast, mahst/ , n.

the fruit of the oak and beech or other forest trees, used as food for hogs and other animals.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE maest; c. G Mast; akin to MEAT ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .