Pronunciation: (mast'hed", mäst'-),[key] —n. 1. Also called flag. a statement printed in all issues of a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually on the editorial page, giving the publication's name, the names of the owner and staff, etc.
2. Also called nameplate. a line of type on the front page of a newspaper or the cover of a periodical giving the name of the publication.
3. Naut. a. the head of a mast.
b. the uppermost point of a mast.
—v.t.Naut. 1. to hoist a yard to the fullest extent.
2. to hoist to the truck of a mast, as a flag.
3. to send to the upper end of a mast as a punishment.
—adj. Naut.run up to the head of a mast: masthead rig.