Definition of Forecastle

1. Noun. Living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed.

Exact synonyms: Fo'c'sle
Generic synonyms: Living Quarters, Quarters
Group relationships: Ship



Definition of Forecastle

1. n. A short upper deck forward, formerly raised like a castle, to command an enemy's decks.

Definition of Forecastle

1. Noun. (nautical) A raised part of the upper deck at the front of a ship. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) Crew's quarters located at the forward part of a ship. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Forecastle

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Forecastle

forebring
foreby
forebye
forecaddie
forecaddies
forecall
forecar
forecars
forecast
forecastability
forecastable
forecasted
forecaster
forecasters
forecasting
forecastle (current term)
forecastle lamp
forecastles
forecasts
forecheck
forechecked
forechecker
forecheckers
forechecking
forechecks
forechoice
forechoose
forechosen
forecited
foreclosable

Literary usage of Forecastle

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1. The Contemporary Review (1885)
"THE SHIPPING COMMISSION VIEWED FROM THE forecastle. IT was with regret and surprise, not unmingled with indignation, that the Merchant seamen and firemen of ..."

2. Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville (1847)
"A Scene in the forecastle. I HAD scarcely been aboard of the ship twenty-four hours when a circumstance occurred, which, although noways picturesque, ..."

3. Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal (1847)
"Endymion is to carry twenty-four 32-pounders of 40 cwt. on main deck, and fourteen 32-pounder carronades on her quarter deck and forecastle. 40 Guns. ..."

4. Correspondence Concerning Claims Against Great Britain: Transmitted to the by United States Dept. of State (1870)
"When visitors were on board he was in the forecastle; when they left he was ... I saw the forecastle door unlocked after supper, when the visitors had gone ..."

5. A Pedlar's Pack of Ballads and Songs: With Illustrative Notes by William Hugh Logan, James Maidment (1869)
"... The boatswain piped all hands to bale her, And I came down the backstay so glib, For I am a forecastle sailor, You may see by the cut of my jib. ..."

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