(on a cargo vessel) the uppermost deck officially considered to be watertight: used as the level from which the Plimsoll marks are measured.
Is It Tis Or ‘Tis?What does ‘tis mean? ‘Tis, as in “`tis the season” is an old—very old—contraction of it is. The apostrophe replaces the i in the word it to create ’tis . . . not quite how we create contractions today. According to Google’s Ngram Viewer, the contraction ’tis was a fan favorite in the early 1700s. At this time, it was likely used more often than it’s. Why is ’tis used? ‘Tis …
Origin of freeboard deck
First recorded in 1950–55
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