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mast1 / mast/ • n. 1. a tall upright post, spar, or other structure on a ship or boat, in sailing vessels generally carrying a sail or sails. ∎  a similar structure on land, esp. a flagpole or a television or radio transmitter. 2. (in full captain's mast) (in the U.S. Navy) a session of court presided over by the captain of a ship, esp. to hear cases of minor offenses. PHRASES: before the mast hist. serving as an ordinary seaman in a sailing ship (quartered in the forecastle).DERIVATIVES: mast·ed adj. [in comb.] a single-masted fishing boat.

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mast2 • n. the fruit of beech, oak, chestnut, and other forest trees, esp. as food for pigs and wild animals.

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mast a tall upright post, spar, or other structure on a ship or boat, in sailing vessels generally carrying a sail or sails.
before the mast in historical usage, serving as an ordinary seaman in a sailing ship (quartered in the forecastle).

See also half mast, nail one's colours to the mast.

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mast1 long pole set up on the keel of a ship to support the sails. OE. mæst = (M)LG., (M)Du., (O)HG. mast :- WGmc. *masta :- IE. *mazdos, whence poss. L. mālus mast, OIr. matan club.

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mast A fruit, especially of beech but also of oak and other forest trees, often used as a food for pigs.

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mast See milk, fermented.

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mast2 fruit of forest-trees, esp. as food for swine. OE. mæst = MDu., MLG., OHG. mast :- WGmc. *masta.

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mast A fruit, especially of beech but also of oak, elm, and other forest trees, formerly often used as food for pigs.