Piller vs Mast - What's the difference?

piller | mast |

As a noun piller

is (label) a plunderer or thief.

As a pronoun mast is




Alternative forms

* pyllour


(en noun)
  • (label) A plunderer or thief.
  • *:
  • Thenne he horsed his bretheren ageyne and sayd bretheren ye oughte to be ashamed to falle so of your horses / What is a Knyght but whan he is on horsbak / I sett not by a knyght whanne he is on foote / for all batails on fote ar but pelowres batails / For there shold no Knyghte syghte on foote / but yf hit were for treason / or els he were dryuen therto by force



    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,
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