from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The spar which extends the foot of a fore-and-aft mainsail.


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  • Sixpence came forward from the idle wheel and watched me veer the chain; then for a quarter of an hour we leaned on the main-boom and watched the crowds upon the shore through field-glasses.

    Movie Night 2010

  • The _Snowbird_, from bowsprit to topmasts, and down again to the end of the long main-boom, was bright with waving signals and pennants.

    Sweetapple Cove George van Schaick

  • Suddenly, without any voluntary or visible agency on your part, the main-boom sweeps from one side to the other, carrying your hat overboard in its passage, and dipping the gunwale deep under water.

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844 Volume 23, Number 1 Various

  • When the enemy struck he had five feet water in his hold, his main top-mast was over the side, his main-boom shot away, his fore-mast cut nearly in two and tottering, his fore rigging and stays shot away, his bowsprit badly wounded, and forty-five shot holes in his hull, twenty of which were within a foot of his water line.

    The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876 J. F. Loubat

  • Meanwhile, he was singing out to the watch to brace round the fore-topsail and help her, to let fly the jib-sheets, and to haul aft the main-boom; the watch below came tumbling up, and everybody was expecting to feel the bunt of our striking the next minute.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858 Various

  • The jibs behind me cracked aloud; the rudder slammed to; the whole ship gave a sickening heave and shudder, and at the same moment the main-boom swung inboard, the sheet groaning in the blocks, and showed me the lee after-deck.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7 Charles Herbert Sylvester

  • And then I cut the stays'l free and gave the _Hattie_ her wheel again, and when she was going full-tilt I jibed her over, and she had everything on, and it was blowing blue devils, and only one thing you'd think could happen after that long main-boom went swinging across her deck -- over the side had to go her spars.

    Sonnie-Boy's People 1912

  • I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main-boom;

    We'll Rant and We'll Roar 1912

  • He thrust down his helm; and the sloop, forging round to windward, rose upright, with her heavy main-boom banging to and fro.

    Vane of the Timberlands Harold Bindloss 1905

  • Dampier, however, proved an adept at the difficult business, and eventually the schooner _Selache_ crept out from the Narrows at dusk one evening under all plain sail, painted a pale green, with her big main-boom raking at least a fathom beyond her taffrail.

    Hawtrey's Deputy Harold Bindloss 1905


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