- below decks.
- (on a square-rigged sailing ship) in the lower rigging, specifically, below the lower yards (opposed to aloft).
Origin of alow1
- ablaze; aflame.
Origin of alow2
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Examples from the Web for alow
For the next week all was confusion on deck, alow and aloft.Syd Belton
George Manville Fenn
Also they were faine to alow such large bills of charges as were intolerable; the charges of ye patent came to above 500li.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'
If the heart, by the alow method of respiration, is pulsating in ratio of four to one respiration, no effect can be induced.
But nothing that took place, alow or aloft, escaped his keen observation.The Haunters of the Silences
Charles G. D. Roberts
Alow me to hear dygress & stait that my Beests at presnt is as harmless as the newborn Babe.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward
Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
- (postpositive) nautical in or into the lower rigging of a vessel, near the deck
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