Definition of dismast in English:



[with object]
  • Break or force down the mast or masts of (a ship)

    ‘a furious storm dismasted his ship’
    • ‘Some ships were dismasted and used as prison or storage hulks.’
    • ‘Another yacht was dismasted off the The Needles and was towed into Poole by the Swanage lifeboat.’
    • ‘Last year, the same boat was dismasted during the race.’
    • ‘The boat was dismasted, the engine and electronic equipment didn't work, and the cabin was partially flooded.’
    • ‘An eight-metre yacht is due to arrive here today after it was dismasted and almost capsized in gale-force winds along the Wild Coast late on Tuesday night.’
    • ‘The race began with light winds, but things got dicey the next day as a northeaster raged through the fleet in the Bay of Fundy with winds up to 40 knots, and six boats dismasted.’
    • ‘It had been forced to run before another violent storm until, dismasted and rudderless, it too had struck the huge rock at the mouth of Farnescombe Bay.’
    • ‘The two first class stamps show Nelson wounded and the British ships, the cutter Entreprenante and Belleisle, which was left dismasted.’
    • ‘Only one of the crewmen survived; the couple on the dismasted sailboat was rescued by helicopter.’
    • ‘In the past month alone, the Dunmore East lifeboat crew had travelled 48 miles south east of the harbour to the rescue of a dismasted French yacht and brought it ashore.’
    • ‘He succeeded brilliantly but at the cost of reducing his flagship to a dismasted wreck.’
    • ‘Yes, I have heard something curious on that score, sir; how that a dismasted man never entirely loses the feeling of his old spar, but it will still be pricking him at times.’