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 for mizzen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mizzen \Miz"zen\, a. [It. mezzana, fr. mezzano middle, fr. mezzo
     middle, half: cf. F. misaine foresail. See Mezzo.] (Naut.)
     Hindmost; nearest the stern; as, the mizzen shrouds, sails,
     etc.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mizzen \Miz"zen\, n. (Naut.)
     The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted
     vessel; also, the spanker.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dandy \Dan"dy\ (d[a^]n"d[y^]), n.; pl. Dandies
     (d[a^]n"d[i^]z). [Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow,
     dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E.
     dandle. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology.]
     1. One who affects special finery or gives undue attention to
        dress; a fop; a coxcomb.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Naut.)
        (a) A sloop or cutter with a jigger on which a lugsail is
            set.
        (b) A small sail carried at or near the stern of small
            boats; -- called also jigger, and mizzen.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A dandy roller. See below.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Dandy brush, a yard whalebone brush.
  
     Dandy fever. See Dengue.
  
     Dandy line, a kind of fishing line to which are attached
        several crosspieces of whalebone which carry a hook at
        each end.
  
     Dandy roller, a roller sieve used in machines for making
        paper, to press out water from the pulp, and set the
        paper. Dandy-cock

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mizzen
      n 1: third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more
           masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or
           dandy [syn: mizzenmast, mizenmast, mizzen, mizen]
      2: fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast [syn: mizzen,
         mizen]

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