deck watch

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

Origin of deck watch

First recorded in 1855–60

Words Nearby deck watch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use deck watch in a sentence

  • "After you with the deck watch," I said to the Snotty who was using it.

    From Snotty to Sub | Wolstan Beaumont Charles Weld Forester
  • Small boat with two enlisted men approaching, sir, called out the deck watch of the big battleship Long Island.

    The Battleship Boys at Sea | Frank Gee Patchin
  • Only one officer at a time kept deck watch, and only one engineer officer down below.

  • 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
  • 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.”