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[af-ter-dek, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌdɛk, ˈɑf-/
noun, Nautical.
the weather deck of a vessel behind the bridge house or midship section.
Origin of afterdeck
First recorded in 1895-1900; after + deck Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for afterdeck
Historical Examples
  • It was quite black on the afterdeck by this time, minus lanterns.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
  • The two sat on the afterdeck and watched the stars for a few moments.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • More than a dozen of the crew and officers were gathered on the afterdeck.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • There he could see through the dim pane of the door, gaining a view of the afterdeck.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • It contracted as he watched into bulging muscular rings and withdrew from the afterdeck.

  • He appeared with his usual cheerful whistle on his lips and made up a fine game of hide and seek on the afterdeck.

  • The streets, up which I could see from the afterdeck, looked dirty and the houses shabby.

    The English in the West Indies James Anthony Froude
  • He could see a masthead light, her red light (with glasses), and a "glare of white lights on her afterdeck."

    Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' British Government
  • He looked a fellow the Doctor might require, so I marked him down when he settled near a hatch on the afterdeck.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • The missionaries kept close to their cabins during the whole "flu" visitation, only appearing now and then on the afterdeck.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
British Dictionary definitions for afterdeck


(nautical) the unprotected deck behind the bridge of a ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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