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masthead

Nautical
a. the head of a mast
b. (as modifier): masthead sail

masthead

The identifier at the top of a Web page, which is typically a graphic image with navigation links. The term originally referred to a plate on the mast of a sailing ship that named the owner of the vessel. The expression migrated to the editorial page of magazines and newspapers as a list or directory that identifies the publisher and editors. See navigation bar.
References in classic literature ?
Lookouts at the mastheads could report no land, and the day passed in drizzling calms and violent squalls.
Then she worked back, port tack and starboard tack, crisscrossing her track, combing the sea for the Acteon Islands, which the masthead lookouts failed to sight.
Ever, like a mirage, the cocoanut trees hovered on the horizon, visible only from the masthead.
A few minutes later, just as the captain had discovered that a new current from the northeast had gripped the Pyrenees, the masthead lookouts raised cocoanut palms in the northwest.
One by one--I was at the masthead and saw--the six boats disappeared over the bulge of the earth as they followed the seal into the west.
The people and the soldiers, perched on the summits of the rocks, could distinguish the masts, then the lower sails, and at last the hulls of the lighters, bearing at the masthead the royal flag of France.
Accept it from me, it didn't take that Swede long to see the error of his way and get the red and white pennant signifying "I understand" to the masthead.
Off Ship Island Light the reefs were shaken out, and at Charley's suggestion a big fisherman's staysail was made all ready for hoisting, and the maintopsail, bunched into a cap at the masthead, was overhauled so that it could be set on an instant's notice.
The morning before we anchored at Porto Praya, I collected a little packet of this brown-coloured fine dust, which appeared to have been filtered from the wind by the gauze of the vane at the masthead.
While mastheads and logos can seem set in stone, they are in fact changeable.
uk YOURproms Gazettes hot off the press in 1969, top, and mastheads from the past century |
Instead, the former Huddersfield printer has amassed hundreds of newspaper mastheads - the title pieces on top of the front pages.