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[kwawr-ter-dek] /ˈkwɔr tərˌdɛk/
noun, Nautical.
the part of a weather deck that runs aft from the midship area or the mainmast to the stern or poop of a vessel.
Origin of quarterdeck
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Send a couple of hands to open the two quarterdeck ports,” I said, mildly.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Would it be satisfactory to you to see him placed on the quarterdeck?

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • Captain Candage paused in his patrol of the quarterdeck and gazed down on the wallet.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The master-at-arms, who had been looking for him, told him that he was wanted on the quarterdeck.

    The Rival Crusoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • Captain Penrose then appeared on the quarterdeck with a sorrowful countenance.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • He tells me there is talk of putting you on the quarterdeck.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • Well, as to the quarterdeck idea, we all met and had a talk about it.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • A man may, we allow, be on the quarterdeck, and yet be a true British sailor all over.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for quarterdeck


(nautical) the after part of the weather deck of a ship, traditionally the deck on a naval vessel for official or ceremonial use
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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