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sea chest

noun, Nautical.
a fitting in a hull below the water line, for admitting or discharging water.
a chest for the personal belongings of a sailor.
Origin of sea chest
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Le promised one and all a present as soon as ever his sea chest should arrive.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • Among the effects placed in your sea chest you will find a conch shell.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • I was the next victim; twenty dollars in gold was taken from my sea chest.

  • Every time my boat went I took something with me; tobacco and clothing and other things which I had in my sea chest.

  • In two hours I might be bending over a pot of gold, a sea chest stuffed with pearls and rubies!

    My Buried Treasure Richard Harding Davis
  • The lawyer surmised what had happened but he made no comment as his genial client sat himself down again upon the sea chest.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco

    Wyn Roosevelt
  • The Admiral sat down on his sea chest and mopped his brow with his red handkerchief.

    Beyond the City Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Without another word Watson opened his sea chest and threw a collection of clothing upon the bed.

    Edward Barry

    Louis Becke
  • Apparently they had found a sea chest, but their exploring hands discovered nothing but rotted fabrics.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He was reading my name, legibly painted on my sea chest, and as I looked at him he turned to me and bowed.

British Dictionary definitions for sea chest

sea chest

a usually large firm chest used by a sailor for storing personal property
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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