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[hweyl-bak, weyl-] /ˈʰweɪlˌbæk, ˈweɪl-/
  1. a cargo vessel having a hull with a convex deck.
  2. a deck or cover curving upward.
something shaped like the back of a whale, as a rounded hill or an ocean wave.
Origin of whaleback
1885-90; whale1 + back1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With ample artillery and fresh reserves at our command we were determined to gain the summit of the whaleback in a final drive.

  • He was a famous 'whaleback'--I think that's what they call it--on the Yale football team.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • In the centre it rose to probably six feet and then fell very gradually, whaleback fashion, to the south.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
  • He went by the Suburban, because he wanted to go over to the avenues, and Cowles went down by the whaleback.'

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • I can't make out what they are on; but it looks like a whaleback to me, with her upper works carried away.

    Across India Oliver Optic
  • The whaleback is the business part of the city, although the shopping district has now a tendency to spread more eastward.

  • An artistic illustration is given of the "whaleback" steamer, used principally on our Northern lakes.

    My Native Land James Cox
British Dictionary definitions for whaleback


something shaped like the back of a whale
a steamboat having a curved upper deck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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