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M`AST, n. A long, round piece of timber, elevated or designed to be raised perpendicularly or nearly so, on the keel of a ship or other vessel, to which the yards,sails and rigging are attached, and by which they are supported. A mast is a single stick, formed from the trunk of a tree, or it consists of many pieces of timber united by iron bands. Masts are of several kinds, as the main-mast, fore-mast, mizzen-mast, top-mast, top-gallant-mast, &c.

M`AST, n. The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns. [It has no plural.]




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M`AST, n. A long, round piece of timber, elevated or designed to be raised perpendicularly or nearly so, on the keel of a ship or other vessel, to which the yards,sails and rigging are attached, and by which they are supported. A mast is a single stick, formed from the trunk of a tree, or it consists of many pieces of timber united by iron bands. Masts are of several kinds, as the main-mast, fore-mast, mizzen-mast, top-mast, top-gallant-mast, &c.

M`AST, n. The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns. [It has no plural.]


MAST, n.1 [Sax. st; D. G. Sw. and Dan. mast; Fr. mât, for mast; Port. masto or mastro; Sp. mastiles, masts; masteleros, top-masts; masto, a trunk, a stock in which any cion is ingrafted.]

A long, round piece of timber, elevated or designed to raised perpendicularly or nearly so, on the keel of a ship or other vessel, to which the yards, sails and rigging are attached, and by which they are supported. A mast is a single stick, formed from the trunk of a tree, or it consists of many pieces of timber united by iron bands. Masts are of several kinds, as the main-mast, fore-mast, mizzen-mast, top-mast, top-gallant-mast, &c.


MAST, n.2 [Sax. mæste, acorns, food; Goth. mats, food, meat; Ir. mais, meas, an acorn; maise, food; W. mes, acorns, a portion, a meal; mesen, an acorn. This may be the American maiz, and signify food in general, from eating, chewing, masticating, or primarily a nut kernel, or acorn, the food of the primitive tribes of men. It seems to be radically the same word as meat.]

The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns. [It has no plural.]


Mast
  1. The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns.

    Oak mast, and beech, . . . they eat. Chapman.

    Swine under an oak filling themselves with the mast. South.

  2. 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.

    The tallest pine
    Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast
    Of some great ammiral.
    Milton.

    &fist] The most common general names of masts are foremast, mainmast, and mizzenmast, each of which may be made of separate spars.

  3. To furnish with a mast or masts] to put the masts of in position; as, to mast a ship.
  4. A spar or strut to which tie wires or guys are attached for stiffening purposes.
  5. The vertical post of a derrick or crane.

    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.

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Mast

M'AST, noun A long, round piece of timber, elevated or designed to be raised perpendicularly or nearly so, on the keel of a ship or other vessel, to which the yards, sails and rigging are attached, and by which they are supported. A mast is a single stick, formed from the trunk of a tree, or it consists of many pieces of timber united by iron bands. Masts are of several kinds, as the main-mast, fore-mast, mizzen-mast, top-mast, top-gallant-mast, etc.

M'AST, noun The fruit of the oak and beech, or other forest trees; nuts; acorns. [It has no plural.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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UNMA'KE, v.t.

1. To destroy the form and qualities which constitute a thing what it is.

God does not make or unmake things to try experiments.

2. To deprive of qualities before possessed.

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