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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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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Example sentences
They led the rescue of the burning vessel's boatswain from the forecastle.
The foot of the mast lies on the deck and the mid-portion lies across the
  forecastle near the end of the catwalk.
Weather deck is from forecastle bulkhead aft to forward bulkhead of the aft
  garage house.
The last two mines were placed in the forecastle beneath the jib boom.
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