mast
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR: mäst, IPA: /mɑːst/
  • (America, Canada, Northern England) IPA: /mæst/
Noun

mast (plural masts)

  1. A tall, slim post or tower, usually tapering upward, used to support, for example, the sails on a ship, flags, floodlights, or communications equipment such as an aerial, usually supported by guy-wires.
  2. (naval) A non-judicial punishment ("NJP") disciplinary hearing under which a commanding officer studies and disposes of cases involving those under his command.
Translations Verb

mast (masts, present participle masting; past and past participle masted)

  1. To supply and fit a mast to a ship
Translations Noun

mast (plural masts)

  1. The fruit of forest-trees (beech, oak, chestnut, pecan, etc.), especially if having fallen from the tree, used as fodder for pigs and other animals.
    • c. 1609, George Chapman, Homer, Prince of Poets [translation of Odyssey]:
      She shut them straight in sties, and gave them meat: / Oak-mast, and beech, and cornel fruit, they eat,
    • 1715, Robert South, "A Sermon upon Prov. i.32", Twelve sermons preached at several times, and upon several occasions, page 73:
      they feed and grovel like Swine under an Oak, filling themselves with the Mast, but never so much as looking up
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, page 162:
      He […] would begin to pick up the seed-cases or mast, squeeze each one with his fingers to see if it were fertile, and drop it if it were not.
Translations
  • French: faine (of beech tree)
Verb

mast (masts, present participle masting; past and past participle masted)

  1. (of swine and other animals) To feed on forest seed or fruit.
  2. (agriculture, forestry, ecology, of a population of plants) To vary fruit and seed production in multi-year cycles.
Related terms
Mast
Proper noun
  1. Surname

MAST
Noun
  1. (emergency medicine, military) Initialism of military antishock trousers; inflatable trousers that apply pressure to the inferior half of a patient's body to decrease blood loss and prevent the onset of shock, similar to a tourniquet.
Synonyms


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