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razee

[rey-zee]
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noun
  1. a ship, especially a warship, reduced in height by the removal of the upper deck.
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verb (used with object), ra·zeed, ra·zee·ing.
  1. to cut down (a wooden ship) by removing the upper deck.
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Origin of razee

1785–95; < French (vaisseau) rasé razed (ship), past participle of raser to raze
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Examples from the Web for razeed

Historical Examples

  • At last, I took their advice, and "razeed" them, as they phrased it.

    Redburn. His First Voyage

    Herman Melville

  • Meanwhile, the others had razeed a frigate, the Merrimac, and upon an angular roof laid railroad-iron to make her shot-proof.

    The Lincoln Story Book

    Henry L. Williams

  • Owing to its pyramidal shape, the reduction of the chimney inordinately widened its razeed summit.

    I and My Chimney

    Herman Melville

  • Frank, there, will wear his old monkey jacket, the skirts of which he razeed last winter for the very purpose.

    Warwick Woodlands

    Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)

  • Having thus dismantled and razeed the great ships, he proceeded to reconstruct them without and within.

    Gibraltar

    Henry M. Field


British Dictionary definitions for razeed

razee

noun plural razees
  1. a sailing ship that has had its upper deck or decks removed
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verb razees, razeeing or razeed (tr)
  1. to remove the upper deck or decks of (a sailing ship)
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Word Origin

C19: from French rasée shaved close, from raser to raze
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