- a cargo vessel having a hull with a convex deck.
- a deck or cover curving upward.
- something shaped like the back of a whale, as a rounded hill or an ocean wave.
Origin of whaleback
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Examples from the Web for whaleback
He was a famous 'whaleback'--I think that's what they call it--on the Yale football team.Out of the Ashes
Ethel Watts Mumford
He went by the Suburban, because he wanted to go over to the avenues, and Cowles went down by the Whaleback.'Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
In the centre it rose to probably six feet and then fell very gradually, whaleback fashion, to the south.Over Prairie Trails
Frederick Philip Grove
I can't make out what they are on; but it looks like a whaleback to me, with her upper works carried away.Across India
The whaleback is the business part of the city, although the shopping district has now a tendency to spread more eastward.
- something shaped like the back of a whale
- a steamboat having a curved upper deck
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