[ fohk-suh l ]
/ ˈfoʊk səl /
The Curious Chronicle Of The Letter CThe English language is infamously difficult in part because its spelling befuddles even native speakers as letters take on different sounds depending on what letters surround it. Few letters exemplify this trouble more than the third letter of the English alphabet: C. Think about these words: cease, coin, chic, indict, and discrepancy. In this string of terms, C sounds like S, K, Sh, and in …
Origin of fo'c's'le
respelling, reflecting syncope and loss of pre-consonantal r
Definition for fo'c'sle (2 of 2)
[ fohk-suh l, fawr-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l, fohr- ]
/ ˈfoʊk səl, ˈfɔrˌkæs əl, -ˌkɑ səl, ˈfoʊr- /
a superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as quarters for sailors.
any sailors' quarters located in the forward part of a vessel, as a deckhouse.
the forward part of the weather deck of a vessel, especially that part forward of the foremast.
Also fo'c's'le, fo'c'sle.
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British Dictionary definitions for fo'c'sle (1 of 2)
/ (ˈfəʊksəl) /
a variant spelling of forecastle
British Dictionary definitions for fo'c'sle (2 of 2)
fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle
/ (ˈfəʊksəl) /
the part of a vessel at the bow where the crew is quartered and stores, machines, etc, may be stowed
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