forecastle
or fo'c'sle noun Date: 15th century 1. the forward part of the upper deck of a ship 2. the crew's quarters usually in a ship's bow

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  • Forecastle — Forecastle, also spelled fo c s le (pronEng|ˈfoʊksəl), originally meant the upper deck of a sailing ship, forward of the foremast. The syncope of the word is common among nautical terms due to the nature of their pronunciation during the age of… …   Wikipedia

  • Forecastle — Fore cas tle (?; sailors say ?), n. (Naut.) (a) A short upper deck forward, formerly raised like a castle, to command an enemy s decks. (b) That part of the upper deck of a vessel forward of the foremast, or of the after part of the fore channels …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • forecastle — (n.) c.1400, earlier Anglo Fr. forechasteil (mid 14c.), from M.E. FORE (Cf. fore ) before + castel fortified tower, the short raised deck in the fore part of the ship used in warfare (see CASTLE (Cf. castle) (n.)). Spelling fo c sle reflects… …   Etymology dictionary

  • forecastle — see fo c sle …   Modern English usage

  • forecastle — (also fo c s le) ► NOUN ▪ the forward part of a ship below the deck, traditionally used as the crew s living quarters …   English terms dictionary

  • forecastle — [fōk′səl, fôr′kas΄əl] n. [ FORE + CASTLE: from the foremost of the two castlelike structures on the hull of a medieval vessel] 1. the upper deck of a ship in front of the foremast 2. the front part of a merchant ship, where the crew s quarters… …   English World dictionary

  • forecastle — UK [ˈfəʊks(ə)l] / US [ˈfoʊks(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms forecastle : singular forecastle plural forecastles the front part of a ship …   English dictionary

  • forecastle — [[t]fo͟ʊksl[/t]] forecastles also fo c sle N COUNT: usu the N in sing The forecastle is the part at the front of a ship where the sailors live …   English dictionary

  • forecastle — /ˈfoʊksəl / (say fohksuhl) noun 1. the forward part of a ship, comprising the bow and areas in its immediate vicinity. 2. the sailors quarters in the forward part of a merchant vessel. 3. Also, forecastle head. a short raised deck in the forepart …   Australian English dictionary

  • forecastle — /fohk seuhl, fawr kas euhl, kah seuhl, fohr /, n. Naut. 1. a superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as quarters for sailors. 2. any sailors quarters located in the forward… …   Universalium

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