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Definition: Before the mast
, n. [AS. m[ae]st, masc.; akin to D., G., Dan., & Sw.
mast, Icel. mastr, and perh. to L. malus.]
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.
The tallest pine
Hewn on Norwegian hills, to be the mast
Of some great ammiral. --Milton.
Note: The most common general names of masts are foremast
, and mizzenmast
, each of which may be made
of separate spars.
2. (Mach.) The vertical post of a derrick or crane.
3. (A["e]ronautics) 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
. See under Coat
, 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
, prep. [OE. beforen, biforen, before, AS.
beforan; pref. be- + foran, fore, before. See Be-
1. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand
before the fire; before the house.
His angel, who shall go
Before them in a cloud and pillar of fire. --Milton.
2. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior
to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of
purpose; in order that.
Before Abraham was, I am. --John viii.
Before this treatise can become of use, two points
are necessary. --Swift.
Note: Formerly before, in this sense, was followed by that.
“Before that Philip called thee . . . I saw thee.”
--John i. 48.
3. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time.
The golden age . . . is before us. --Carlyle.
4. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or
worth; rather than.
He that cometh after me is preferred before me.
--John i. 15.
The eldest son is before the younger in succession.
5. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing.
Abraham bowed down himself before the people. --Gen.
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord? --Micah vi.
6. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of.
If a suit be begun before an archdeacon. --Ayliffe.
7. Open for; free of access to; in the power of.
The world was all before them where to choose.
Before the mast
(Naut.), as a common sailor, -- because the
sailors live in the forecastle, forward of the foremast.
Before the wind
(Naut.), in the direction of the wind and
by its impulse; having the wind aft.