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noun Nautical.
  1. the lowermost of four or more decks above the space at the bottom of a hull.
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Origin of orlop

1375–1425; late Middle English overloppe < Middle Dutch over-loop covering, literally, an over-leap, equivalent to over- over- + -loopen to run, extend; see leap
Also called orlop deck.
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Historical Examples

  • The carpenter reported that the water in the hold had blown up the orlop deck.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • The orlop deck in the forepeak tank was also a water-tight flat.

  • There was a considerable number on the orlop in the afternoon.

  • He cut away three iron bars let into an aperture on the side of the ship on the orlop deck, formerly a part of her hold.

  • Still he prowled about the after orlop deck, and talked at large of his anxiety for the contents of the bullion-room.

British Dictionary definitions for orlop


orlop deck

  1. nautical (in a vessel with four or more decks) the lowest deck
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Word Origin

C15: from Dutch overloopen to run over, spill. See over, leap
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