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deck watch

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noun
  1. (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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Examples from the Web for deck watch

Historical Examples

  • 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.”

    Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack

    Elisha Kent Kane

  • 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