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MAGAZINE to MARLING-SPIKE

MAROON to MAT
MAROON
MAST
MASTER
MASTER of a merchant-ship
MASTER at arms
MASTER-attendant
MAT

MATE of a ship of war to MIDSHIPMAN

MIZEN to MORTAR

MOULD to MUSTERING


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MAT

MAT, (coussin, Fr.) a sort of thick web or texture, formed of spun yarn, or of a variety of strands, or separate parts of a small rope; or of a number of rope-yarns twilled into foxes. The foxes are therefore larger or smaller, as containing a greater or lesser number of rope-yarns, in proportion to the thickness of the mat intended to be woven.

Mats are commonly used to fallen upon the outside of such parts of the standing rigging as are exposed to the friction of other ropes, in extending, shifting, or trussing up the sails, particularly the lower ones. The largest and strongest sort of these mats are called panches.


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