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 for mizzenmast
From 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]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mizzenmast \Miz"zen*mast\, n. (Naut.)
     the third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more
     masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy.
  
     Note: The definition varies slightly with the dictionary; in
           some dictionaries it is the last mast of a three-masted
           vessel; in others, it is the mast after the mainmast of
           a vessel of three or more masts. PJC.
           [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mizzenmast
      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]

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