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[fawr-dek, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌdɛk, ˈfoʊr-/
noun, Nautical.
the fore part of a weather deck, especially between a bridge house or superstructure and a forecastle superstructure.
Origin of foredeck
First recorded in 1555-65; fore- + deck Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I, therefore, left the foredeck, and stepped forward to the main-hatchway.

    Ran Away to Sea Mayne Reid
  • A flash of green fire spurted from the foredeck of the ship.

  • He ran to the foredeck and knelt on one knee, arrow nocked and ready.

    The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin
  • At Rick's signal, he stepped aboard on the foredeck, bringing the line with him.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Then Scotty ran lightly to the foredeck and got the bowline ready.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Then the group was to start work on the probable location of the foredeck.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Asbiorn sat below the break of the foredeck, paying no heed to what went on.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing Charles Whistler
  • George sat in the shade on the foredeck talking to Stella most of the time.

    My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Five minutes later the whole crew poured up, thronging the foredeck, while old Jerry came up to the bridge in mild astonishment.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • Jack and Joe sat on the foredeck in the dusk, listening to the soft lap of water alongside.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for foredeck


(nautical) the deck between the bridge and the forecastle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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