The orlop of the Swedish 17th century warship Vasa looking toward the bow.

The orlop is the lowest deck in a ship (except for very old ships). It is the deck or part of a deck where the cables are stowed, usually below the water line. It has been suggested the name originates from "overlooping" of the cables.

It has also been suggested that the name is a corruption of "overlap", referring to an overlapping, balcony-like half deck occupying a portion of the ship's lowest deck space. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word descends from Dutch overloop from the verb overlopen, "to run (over); extend").[1]


  1. ^ "orlop" from Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

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  • Orlop — Or lop, n. [D. overloop the upper deck, lit., a running over or overflowing, fr. overloopen to run over. See {Over}, and {Leap}, and cf. {Overloop}.] (Naut.) The lowest deck of a vessel, esp. of a ship of war, consisting of a platform laid over… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orlop — [ôr′läp] n. [ME ouerlop < Du overloop < over, over + loopen, to run (see LEAP): so called because it covers the hold] Now Rare the lowest deck of a ship with four or more decks …   English World dictionary

  • Orlop — Das Orlop von diesem Linienschiff aus dem Jahr 1728 ist in der Grafik rot eingefärbt Als Orlop oder auch Orlopdeck bezeichnet man das unterste Deck eines Schiffs. Im moderneren Sinn besonders bei Schiffen, die mit mindestens drei oder mehr Decks… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • orlop — /awr lop/, n. Naut. the lowermost of four or more decks above the space at the bottom of a hull. Also called orlop deck. [1375 1425; late ME overloppe < MD over loop covering, lit., an over leap, equiv. to over OVER + loopen to run, extend; see… …   Universalium

  • orlop — noun The platform over the hold of a ship that makes up the fourth or lowest deck, hence in full called orlop deck, especially of a warship …   Wiktionary

  • orlop — [ ɔ:lɒp] (also orlop deck) noun the lowest deck of a wooden sailing ship with three or more decks. Origin ME: from Du. overloop covering , from overlopen run over …   English new terms dictionary

  • orlop — lowest deck in a ship having four or more decks Nautical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • orlop — É”rlÉ‘p / ɔːl n. lowest deck or fourth deck (Nautical) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • orlop — or·lop …   English syllables

  • orlop — or•lop [[t]ˈɔr lɒp[/t]] n. naut. navig. (in a ship) the lowermost of four or more decks above the space at the bottom of a hull. Also called or′lop deck • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME overloppe < MD over loop covering …   From formal English to slang

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