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widow's walk

a platform or walk atop a roof, as on certain coastal New England houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries: often used as a lookout for incoming ships.
Origin of widow's walk
1935-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Once he said remembering how she'd kissed him on the widow's walk that night was driving him insane.
  • The attic was expanded through the addition of dormers and a cupola replaced the old widow's walk.
  • Unusual features of the house include the full cellar and the widow's walk on top of the house.
  • The house is covered by a low pitch roof topped by a widow's walk.
  • Centered on the roof ridge is a widow's walk that no longer possesses its balustrade.

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