One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The highest part of a ship's mast or of the lower section of a mast.
- ‘Sailors may elect to install a tri-color light at the masthead that can be used in place of deckmounted lights when the boat is under sail alone.’
- ‘Her bowsprit carries two foresails, and her large mainsail is gaff rigged, with an upside-down triangle of topsail to fill the gap at the masthead.’
- ‘Elaborate carving programs were required for the bow, stern, masthead, cat-head, and living quarters of these ships.’
- ‘The former Leading Seaman Signalman and the Petty Officer Quartermaster proudly broke the pennant which for the life of the ship will fly at her masthead.’
- ‘The most unusual object we shipped was the masthead from the cruise ship Andrea Doria.’
- ‘I almost expected to see the Jolly Roger flying from the masthead.’
- ‘He then describes how he was alarmed to see her masthead lights swinging rapidly to starboard.’
- ‘The first stamp shows a sailor sighting land from the masthead of the 1502 ship.’
- ‘He also painted scenes he could not see by raising the eye level to the height of a ship's masthead to get a more interesting view.’
- ‘‘Lest we forget’ was said by all as Reveille sounded and the Australian National Flag and the Union Jack were returned to the masthead.’
- ‘But his golden ball was transferred to the masthead of Camperdown.’
- ‘The men who rode atop the masthead communicated vital information to the ship's Captain necessary to direct and navigate the ship through perilous seas.’
- ‘Thirty-five of the ships have masthead flags. A square flag of St George is the most common flag and appears 41 times.’
- ‘It was visible from the mastheads of ships some 12 miles away.’
- ‘The mastheads were delicately carved with figures and trees, the sails were plain white that buckled and flapped in the winds like swans about to fly.’
- ‘Traditionally, mastheads and yardarms of RN ships were decorated with bunches of greenery, a task carried out by the boatswain's party in the dark hours of the night on December 24.’
2The title of a newspaper or magazine at the head of the front or editorial page.
- ‘On the front page of this newspaper, above the masthead, you will find our motto ‘Born To Make A Difference’.’
- ‘They and the rest of our talented Editorial Advisory Board are listed on the masthead and on our new website.’
- ‘The old title is still in the masthead, but in small letters.’
- ‘While its masthead editorial asks some good questions about the current debate, it provides no answers whatsoever.’
- ‘His influence is so great that the title of publications director was created for him, and his name is above the editor in chief's on the masthead.’
- ‘And if you read the masthead box on page two, you'll see a slight change in the wording there.’
- ‘The masthead remained strong, a collection of talented mid-career journalists and promising young reporters who shared a genuine camaraderie.’
- ‘The design director, a masthead editor or the news desk should be consulted on doubtful cases or proposals for exceptions.’
- ‘The task was to screw up a newspaper masthead, rip it in half, then draw what you saw, looking at the spaces between letters rather than the actual letters.’
- ‘An extract from this woodcut is in the masthead of this page.’
- ‘To prevent a potential and significant revenue loss, the bill closes a loophole involving the sale and lease back of intangibles such as trademarks and newspaper mastheads.’
- ‘On the front page there will be a new masthead, and inside there will be other changes.’
- ‘In the first edition readers will notice a number of changes, not least a new masthead, more news and a cartoon on the front page.’
- ‘The masthead for the current edition consists of three editorial staff and seven staff members.’
- ‘They derided his September relaunch - with its odd headline typeface and coloured masthead - as a waste of time and money.’
- ‘Continuing and new members of the Editorial Advisory Board are listed on the masthead.’
- ‘While perhaps willing to consider new writers, in their mastheads all firmly discouraged the submission of unsolicited materials.’
- ‘I still tend to think of myself as a newcomer to the magazine, having been on the masthead for only one-fifth of the now 100 issues.’
- ‘While his name now sits at the top of the masthead, he still has the title of managing editor.’
- ‘Every day for over a month on the front page of the paper, right next to the masthead, they publish a countdown to the start of the World Cup.’
- 2.1North American The listed details in a newspaper or magazine referring to ownership, advertising rates, etc.
- ‘Advisory Editors currently serving on the board are listed on the masthead.’
- ‘She will edit and steer the establishment of the company's new mastheads now on the drawing board.’
- ‘It's to the point where maybe I should get credit in their mastheads.’
- ‘One of the more obvious is the new masthead on the cover of this magazine.’
1historical Send (a sailor) to the masthead as a punishment.
- ‘He soothed himself by stopping the men's grog and mastheading three midshipmen that same afternoon.’
- ‘Plus, for the actors, there's the chance to utter the kind of lines - "Get below, sir, or I'll masthead you!"’
- ‘And in this stretch of ocean, lookouts were mastheaded at day-dawn and kept mastheaded until twilight of evening, when the Mary Turner was hove-to, to hold her position through the night.’
- ‘Mastheading involved forcing the boy to the highest part of a ship's mast, (particularly during poor weather) to frighten him.’
- ‘If that observer is mastheaded, his range of vision is enormously increased as, again, is the visibility of the object by every additional foot in height.’
2Raise (a flag or sail) to the masthead.
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