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lower deck

[loh-er] /ˈloʊ ər/
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.
Origin of lower deck
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In a three-decker the next is called the middle-deck, and the lowest deck on which guns are carried the lower-deck.

  • Saying this, the good Captain descended to the lower-deck with the surgeon.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • Its violence was greatest in the Richard, where it had been communicated below from the lower-deck guns of the Serapis.

  • We all followed, and found ourselves the sole possessors of the lower-deck.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • A salute of minute-guns was opened on the lower-deck as the coffin was lowered into the first boat.

    Hildebrand Anonymous
  • Also, an iron loop-hooked bolt moving on a pin, used for fastening the lower-deck port-bars.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Sometimes, when the lower-deck guns were fought in a gale, the men stood knee deep in water.

  • They were usually, in the last French war, 50's and 64's; and with the lower-deck guns taken out, were roomy and airy.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The order was given to muster the soldiers and lower-deck passengers, and in a few minutes they were all upon the main-deck.

  • All sorts o' places they said it comed from—mizen-chains, quarter-galleries, lower-deck ports, and davit-boats.

British Dictionary definitions for lower-deck

lower deck

the deck of a ship situated immediately above the hold
(informal) the petty officers and seamen of a ship collectively
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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