from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical A fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast.
- n. Nautical A mizzenmast.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. mizzenmast
- n. A fore-and-aft sail set on a mizzenmast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Hindmost; nearest the stern
- n. The hindmost of the fore and aft sails of a three-masted vessel; also, the spanker.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the aftermost fore-and-aft sail in a ship, set abaft the mizzenmast, and having its head extended by a gaff; a spanker. See spanker.
- Noting the hindmost pair of horns in a five-horned giraffe, a small pair of projections arising from the lambdoid crest, back of the larger frontal horns.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. third mast from the bow in a vessel having three or more masts; the after and shorter mast of a yawl, ketch, or dandy
- n. fore-and-aft sail set on the mizzenmast
Middle English mesan, from Old French misaine, Old Spanish mezana or Old Italian mezzana, all ultimately from Latin mediānus, of the middle, from medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French misaine, modified from Old French migenne (through influence from Italian mezzana), from Catalan mitjana, feminine of mitjan, ultimately from Latin medianus. (Wiktionary)