deck watch


noun

(on a ship) a precision watch used on deck for navigational purposes to avoid disturbing the chronometer.

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Origin of deck watch

First recorded in 1855–60
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Example sentences from the Web for deck watch

  • We were called up one evening by the deck-watch to see for ourselves a “ball of fire floating up and down above the ice-field.”

  • It was still Rainey's deck-watch, and at any moment Carlsen might relinquish the wheel back to him as soon as the girl got tired.

    A Man to His Mate|J. Allan Dunn