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half deck

noun
1.
(in a sailing ship) the portion of the deck below the upper or spar deck and aft of the mainmast.
Origin of half deck
1620-1630
1620-30
Related forms
half-decker, noun
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  • We have already described their ships as either having no deck, or only a kind of half-deck, below which the cables were coiled.

  • And going down to the half-deck, he asked Esdale why he had not obeyed his orders.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • The beams of the main-deck are of American or German oak, those of the lower deck and half-deck of pitch-pine and Norwegian fir.

  • Mr. Markitall went down under the half-deck to make the inquiry.

  • The rough talk of the half-deck and the cutting jibes of his shipmates no longer wounded his sensibilities.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • Mr Markitall went down under the half-deck to make the inquiry.

    The Pirate Frederick Marryat
  • There were numerous shouts out on deck and sea-booted feet clattered outside the half-deck door.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • I don't know whether it was on the quarter-deck or the half-deck.

    Dikes and Ditches Oliver Optic
  • It doubled her security in this particular, more than answering the purposes of a half-deck and wash-board.

    Afloat And Ashore James Fenimore Cooper
  • And he walked to the half-deck and gave Donald a change of watch.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace

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