focsle

fo'c's'le

[fohk-suhl]
noun Nautical.
Also, fo'c'sle.


Origin:
respelling, reflecting syncope and loss of pre-consonantal r

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forecastle

[fohk-suhl, fawr-kas-uhl, -kah-suhl, fohr-]
noun Nautical.
1.
a superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as quarters for sailors.
2.
any sailors' quarters located in the forward part of a vessel, as a deckhouse.
3.
the forward part of the weather deck of a vessel, especially that part forward of the foremast.
Also, fo'c's'le, fo'c'sle.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English forcastel. See fore-, castle

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fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle (ˈfəʊksəl)
 
n
a variant spelling of forecastle
 
fo'c'sle or fo'c'sle
 
n

forecastle, fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle (ˈfəʊksəl)
 
n
the part of a vessel at the bow where the crew is quartered and stores, machines, etc, may be stowed
 
fo'c's'le, fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle
 
n
 
fo'c'sle, fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle
 
n

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forecastle
c.1400, from Anglo-Fr. forechasteil, from M.E. fore "before" + castel "fortified tower," the short raised deck in the fore part of the ship used in warfare. Spelling fo'c'sle reflects sailors' pronunciation.
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