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sea chest

noun, Nautical.
a fitting in a hull below the water line, for admitting or discharging water.
a chest for the personal belongings of a sailor.
Origin of sea chest
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Lying awake she saw him open his sea-chest which he always kept locked, and take from it a string of glittering objects.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • "Of course we can find the sea-chest, you ninny," scolded Jack.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • No trees had been cut down to serve as purchases for lifting the sea-chest from its oozy hiding-place.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • "The rogues have fished up the sea-chest, by the din they make," said he.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • Thus put down, Joe seated himself humbly on a sea-chest, and began to pull off his wet boots.

    Life in the Red Brigade R.M. Ballantyne
  • Again they heard it and a faint pounding inside the sea-chest.

  • In that sea-chest is all that I own in the world, saving a matter of a few pounds stowed away ashore.

    The Last Entry William Clark Russell
  • And he started from the sea-chest on which he was sitting astride, and produced the medicine-chest.

    Flora Lyndsay Susanna Moodie
  • He took refuge on a sea-chest behind a pile of luggage, and sent Day to keep places in the train.

    The Messenger Elizabeth Robins
  • I have never ceased to long for the restoration of those jewels ever since I found them in the sea-chest.'

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for sea-chest

sea chest

a usually large firm chest used by a sailor for storing personal property
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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