Origin of fo'c's'le
respelling, reflecting syncope and loss of pre-consonantal r
[fohk-suh l, fawr-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l, fohr-]
- 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.
Origin of forecastle
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- a variant spelling of forecastle
fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle
- the part of a vessel at the bow where the crew is quartered and stores, machines, etc, may be stowed
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Word Origin and History for fo'c'sle
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