lower deck

noun Nautical.
the lowermost deck in a hull having two or three decks.
the deck next above the lowermost, or orlop, deck in a hull having four or more decks.


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lower deck
1.  the deck of a ship situated immediately above the hold
2.  informal the petty officers and seamen of a ship collectively

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Example sentences
The lower deck crowd you refer to failed to integrate into the party because
  they could not accept our line.
Guests can open the picture windows on the climate-controlled lower deck, or
  enjoy the covered open-air upper deck.
Pick a stateroom that's close to midship and on a lower deck if you're highly
  susceptible to seasickness.
Boats in the fleet have a covered lower deck and open top deck.
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