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razee

[rey-zee] /reɪˈzi/
noun
1.
a ship, especially a warship, reduced in height by the removal of the upper deck.
verb (used with object), razeed, razeeing.
2.
to cut down (a wooden ship) by removing the upper deck.
Origin of razee
1785-1795
1785-95; < French (vaisseau) rasé razed (ship), past participle of raser to raze
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  • The whistler and razee Reef had been blotted out by the fog.

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  • And on that basis the rank amateurs of razee proceeded with all the grit that was in them.

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  • An epic of the sea was lived there on razee Reef during the weeks that followed.

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  • Pride and hope had inspired the crew at razee to salvage the Conomo intact.

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  • He doesn't know the old jaw teeth of razee Reef as well as I do.

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  • Under these circumstances razee Reef was no longer a mourners' bench!

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  • With that fog coming, Captain Mayo needed to take exact bearings from razee, for he had decided to run for harbor that night.

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  • In that riot of tempest and ruck of sea he was straining his eyes, trying to get a glimpse of the hulk on razee.

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  • Hope almost failed to reassure him as he gazed first at the departing lighters and then at the ice-panoplied hulk on razee.

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  • I don't know just what is under her in the way of ledges—never knew much about old razee.

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British Dictionary definitions for razee

razee

/ˈræziː/
noun (pl) razees
1.
a sailing ship that has had its upper deck or decks removed
verb (transitive) razees, razeeing, razeed
2.
to remove the upper deck or decks of (a sailing ship)
Word Origin
C19: from French rasée shaved close, from raser to raze
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