widow's walk
noun Date: 1937 a railed observation platform atop a usually coastal house

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  • widow's walk — ☆ widow s walk n. a platform with a rail around it, built onto the roof of some New England houses, as along the coast, formerly for observing ships at sea …   English World dictionary

  • Widow's walk — A widow s walk (or roofwalk) is a railed rooftop platform, typically on a coastal house, originally designed to observe vessels at sea. The name comes from the wives of mariners, who would watch for their spouses return. In some instances, the… …   Wikipedia

  • widow's walk — wid′ow s walk n. archit. bui a platform or walk atop a roof, as on coastal New England houses of the 18th and 19th centuries, often used as a lookout for incoming ships • Etymology: 1935–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • widow's walk — a platform or walk atop a roof, as on certain coastal New England houses of the 18th and early 19th centuries: often used as a lookout for incoming ships. [1935 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • widow's walk — noun A raised platform on the roof of a house, especially one on a coastal house originally used for viewing the arrival of shipping …   Wiktionary

  • widow's walk — high porch or lookout on a rooftop of a house (generally a house situated in a town by the sea) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • widow's walk — noun N. Amer. a railed or balustraded platform built on a roof in early New England houses, providing an unimpeded view of the sea. Origin 1930s: with ref. to its use as a viewpoint for return of a seafaring husband …   English new terms dictionary

  • widow's walk — noun a lookout atop a coastal house • Hypernyms: ↑lookout, ↑observation tower, ↑lookout station, ↑observatory …   Useful english dictionary

  • Widow's Walk (novel) — Widow s Walk (2002) is a detective novel by American crime writer Robert B. Parker, the 29th in his renowned Spenser series.ynopsisBoston bank manager Nathan Smith has been shot through the head while lying in bed. His new wife, young peroxide… …   Wikipedia

  • captain's walk — n. WIDOW S WALK * * * …   Universalium

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