Mast vs Bast - What's the difference?

mast | bast |

As a pronoun mast

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) mast, from (etyl) , Irish adhmad.


(en noun)
  • A tall, slim post or tower, usually tapering upward, used to support, for example, the sails on a ship, flags, floodlights, or communications equipment such as an aerial, usually supported by guy-wires.
  • In naval tradition, a mast is a non-judicial punishment ("NJP") disciplinary hearing under which a commanding officer studies and disposes of cases involving those in his command.
  • Derived terms
    {{der3, foremast , mainmast , masthead , mizzenmast , before the mast}}


    (en verb)
  • To supply and fit a mast to a ship
  • See also

    (other terms) * boom * crow's nest * flagpole * spar * top, maintop, foretop, mizzentop * tower * column * pole * pylon * tower

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) , from West Germanic; probably related to meat.


    (en noun)
  • The fruit of forest-trees (beech, oak, chestnut, pecan, etc.), especially if having fallen from the tree, used as fodder for pigs and other animals.
  • * 1955 , (Robin Jenkins), The Cone-Gatherers , Canongate 2012, page 162:
  • He would begin to pick up the seed-cases or mast , squeeze each one with his fingers to see if it were fertile, and drop it if it were not.
  • * (rfdate) Chapman
  • Oak-mast , and beech, and cornel fruit, they eat.
  • * (rfdate) South
  • Swine under an oak filling themselves with the mast .


    (en verb)
  • (of swine and other animals) To feed on forest seed or fruit.
  • (agriculture, forestry, ecology, of a population of plants) To vary fruit and seed production in multi-year cycles.
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  • * {{quote-book, title=Forest Diversity and Function: Temperate and Boreal Systems, page=28,
  •, author=Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Christian Körner, Ernst-Detlef Schulze, year=2004, passage=However, if this were true, all or most masting' species (e.g., ''Fagus'' and ''Quercus'') in a forest would have to ' mast in synchrony to be effective against generalist herbivores.}}
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    (en noun)
  • Fibre made from the phloem of certain plants and used for matting and cord.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=At the far end of the houses the head gardener stood waiting for his mistress, and he gave her strips of bass to tie up her nosegay. This she did slowly and laboriously, with knuckly old fingers that shook.}}
  • * 1919, (Ronald Firbank), (Valmouth) , Duckworth, hardback edition, page 87
  • I thought I saw Him in the Long Walk there, by the bed of Nelly Roche, tending a fallen flower with a wisp of bast .
  • * 1997 : ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders , Penguin 2001, page 145
  • He had taken along a long bast rope in his sleigh, since it was the custom on longer journeys to have a spare rope in case the reins needed mending.


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