razee

razee

[rey-zee]
noun
1.
a ship, especially a warship, reduced in height by the removal of the upper deck.
verb (used with object), razeed, razeeing.
2.
to cut down (a wooden ship) by removing the upper deck.

Origin:
1785–95; < French (vaisseau) rasé razed (ship), past participle of raser to raze

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razee (ˈræziː)
 
n , pl razees
1.  a sailing ship that has had its upper deck or decks removed
 
vb , razees, razees, razeeing, razeed
2.  to remove the upper deck or decks of (a sailing ship)
 
[C19: from French rasée shaved close, from raser to raze]

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