lower deck


noun Nautical.

the lowermost deck in a hull having two or three decks.
the deck next above the lowermost, or orlop, deck in a hull having four or more decks.

Origin of lower deck

First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for lower deck

Historical Examples of lower deck

  • Saying this, the good Captain descended to the lower-deck with the surgeon.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • We all followed, and found ourselves the sole possessors of the lower-deck.

    Ben Burton

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • In a three-decker the next is called the middle-deck, and the lowest deck on which guns are carried the lower-deck.

  • After he had been on board an hour, he discovered three of his shipmates insensible from drink on the lower-deck.

  • The lower-deck ports are said to have been only sixteen inches above the water-line, which is certainly dangerously low.

British Dictionary definitions for lower deck

lower deck


the deck of a ship situated immediately above the hold
informal the petty officers and seamen of a ship collectively
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