sea chest

noun Nautical.
  1. a fitting in a hull below the water line, for admitting or discharging water.
  2. a chest for the personal belongings of a sailor.

Origin of sea chest

First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for sea chest

Historical Examples of sea chest

  • "Of course we can find the sea-chest, you ninny," scolded Jack.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • There was no telling how deep down the weight of the sea-chest might have caused it to settle.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • "The rogues have fished up the sea-chest, by the din they make," said he.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • The sight of this sea-chest caused the girl to shiver with the fear of expectation.

    Armorel of Lyonesse

    Walter Besant

  • But still the sea-chest seemed to drag her and to call to her: 'Open me!

    Armorel of Lyonesse

    Walter Besant


British Dictionary definitions for sea chest

sea chest

noun
  1. a usually large firm chest used by a sailor for storing personal property
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