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NOUN (1)

1. the chief mast of a sailing vessel with two or more masts;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mainmast \Main"mast`\, n. (Naut.) The principal mast in a ship or other vessel. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mast \Mast\, n. [AS. maest, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw. mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A pole, or long, strong, round piece of timber, or spar, set upright in a boat or vessel, to sustain the sails, yards, rigging, etc. A mast may also consist of several pieces of timber united by iron bands, or of a hollow pillar of iron or steel. [1913 Webster] The tallest pine Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast Of some great ammiral. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Note: The most common general names of masts are foremast, mainmast, and mizzenmast, each of which may be made of separate spars. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mach.) The vertical post of a derrick or crane. [1913 Webster] 3. (Aeronautics) A spar or strut to which tie wires or guys are attached for stiffening purposes. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Afore the mast, Before the mast. See under Afore, and Before. Mast coat. See under Coat. Mast hoop, one of a number of hoops attached to the fore edge of a boom sail, which slip on the mast as the sail is raised or lowered; also, one of the iron hoops used in making a made mast. See Made. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mainmast n 1: the chief mast of a sailing vessel with two or more masts