Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

mast

play
noun \ˈmast\

Definition of mast

  1. 1 :  a long pole or spar rising from the keel or deck of a ship and supporting the yards, booms, and rigging

  2. 2 :  a slender vertical or nearly vertical structure (as an upright post in various cranes)

  3. 3 :  a disciplinary proceeding at which the commanding officer of a naval unit hears and disposes of cases against enlisted men —called also captain's mast

masted play \ˈmas-təd\ adjective
before the mast
  1. 1 :  forward of the foremast

  2. 2 :  as a common sailor



Origin of mast

Middle English, from Old English mæst; akin to Old High German mast mast, Latin malus


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms

Rhymes with mast


2

mast

verb

Definition of mast

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish with a mast



Circa 1513

First Known Use of mast

circa 1513

Other Nautical Terms


3

mast

noun

Definition of mast

  1. :  nuts (as acorns) accumulated on the forest floor and often serving as food for animals



Origin of mast

Middle English, from Old English mæst; akin to Old High German mast food, mast, and probably to Old English mete food — more at meat


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


MAST Defined for Kids

mast

play
noun \ˈmast\

Definition of mast for Students

  1. :  a long pole that rises from the bottom of a ship and supports the sails and rigging

masted \ˈmas-təd\ adjective <a tall masted ship>



Learn More about mast


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mast? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by propriety and good taste

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry prompt maudlin oily
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ