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Webster 1913 Edition


Forecastle

Fore′casˊtle

(?; sailors say [GREEK])
,
Noun.
(Naut.)
(a)
A short upper deck forward, formerly raised like a castle, to command an enemy’s decks.
(b)
That part of the upper deck of a vessel forward of the foremast, or of the after part of the fore channels.
(c)
In merchant vessels, the forward part of the vessel, under the deck, where the sailors live.

Webster 1828 Edition


Forecastle

FO'RECASTLE

,
Noun.
A short deck in the forepart of a ship above the upper deck usually terminated in ships of war with a breast-work; the foremost part forming the top of the beak-head, and the hind part reaching to the after part of the fore chains.

Definition 2022


forecastle

forecastle

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Alternative forms

  • fo'c'sle (double contraction)
  • fo'c'stle (double contraction)
  • fo'c's'le (triple contraction)

Noun

forecastle (plural forecastles)

  1. (nautical) A raised part of the upper deck at the front of a ship.
  2. (nautical) Crew's quarters located at the forward part of a ship.

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