mizzen-top

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mizzen-top

Pronunciation /ˈmɪzntɒp/
noun
Nautical
A platform just above the head of the mizzen-mast, designed to spread the shrouds of the topmast and the topgallant mast.

Origin
Late 15th century. From mizzen + top.

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Standing on the mizzen-top is easier than bracing on the footropes below the yards, but a square rig sailor must be prepared to do both.

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