noun, plural gal·leys.
- a seagoing vessel propelled mainly by oars, used in ancient and medieval times, sometimes with the aid of sails.
- a long rowboat, as one used as a ship's boat by a warship or one used for dragging a seine.
- (formerly, in the U.S. Navy) a shoal-draft vessel, variously rigged, relying mainly on its sails but able to be rowed by sweeps.
- a long, narrow tray, usually of metal, for holding type that has been set.
- galley proof.
- a rough unit of measurement, about 22 inches (56 centimeters), for type composition.
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Origin of galley
OTHER WORDS FROM galleygal·ley·like, adjective
Words nearby galley
Example sentences from the Web for galley
I sent his publicist a galley of the book after it was finished.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters|Scott Porch|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unable to change the diaper in the bathroom, I stepped out into the galley, and scanned the area for a flat surface.
Our anti-Sully is a guy who flies on the heels of a coke binge and pours his own cocktails in the galley.
A key clue to this was, he said, from shelves in the galley that were compressed from the bottom up.
And as fast as they could carry a galley of type from the dump, another galley would just materialize there.Nine Men in Time|Noel Miller Loomis
He therefore fitted five out of near thirty small prizes to accompany him, and built a galley frigate to land with.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
Among the bones a few galley halfpence, and other coins, were found, as also a considerable number of abbey counters or jettons.
The floor was littered with paper and proofs; on the desk a slip of galley proof lay.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
Heavy seas washed the deck, and kept out the galley fires, so that warm food had not been procurable.Jaffery|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for galley
- (in hot-metal composition) a tray open at one end for holding composed type
- short for galley proof