forecastle

[fohk-suh l, fawr-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l, fohr-]
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noun Nautical.

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

First recorded in 1300–50, forecastle is from the Middle English word forcastel. See fore-, castle
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Examples from the Web for forecastle

Historical Examples of forecastle

  • All the sailors had a kind word for him, and many were the praises which he received in the forecastle.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The mandate was obeyed, and Bates was lodged in the forecastle, securely ironed.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • The Norman hath a mangonel or a trabuch upon the forecastle.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • He was now to be sent into the forecastle, and was ordered to instruct me in my duty.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Being captain of the forecastle, I knew where to find it, and throw it loose at a jerk.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for forecastle

forecastle

fo'c's'le or fo'c'sle

noun

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 forecastle
n.

c.1400, earlier Anglo-French forechasteil (mid-14c.), from Middle English fore- "before" + Anglo-French castel "fortified tower," the short raised deck in the fore part of the ship used in warfare (see castle (n.)). Spelling fo'c'sle reflects sailors' pronunciation.

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