Definition of Galley

1. Noun. A large medieval vessel with a single deck propelled by sails and oars with guns at stern and prow; a complement of 1,000 men; used mainly in the Mediterranean for war and trading.

Generic synonyms: Vessel, Watercraft



2. Noun. (classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars.
Specialized synonyms: Trireme
Generic synonyms: Vessel, Watercraft
Category relationships: Antiquity

3. Noun. The kitchen area for food preparation on an airliner.
Group relationships: Airliner
Generic synonyms: Kitchen

4. Noun. The area for food preparation on a ship.
Exact synonyms: Caboose, Cookhouse, Ship's Galley
Specialized synonyms: Cuddy
Generic synonyms: Kitchen
Group relationships: Ship

Definition of Galley

1. n. A vessel propelled by oars, whether having masts and sails or not

Definition of Galley

1. Noun. (nautical) A long, slender ship propelled primarily by oars, whether having masts and sails or not; usually referring to rowed warships used in the Mediterranean from the 16th century until the modern era. ¹

2. Noun. (British) A light, open boat used on the Thames by customhouse officers, press gangs, and also for pleasure. ¹

3. Noun. (nautical) One of the small boats carried by a man-of-war. ¹

4. Noun. (nautical) The cookroom or kitchen and cooking apparatus of a vessel or aircraft; sometimes on merchant vessels called the caboose. ¹

5. Noun. An oblong oven or muffle with a battery of retorts; a gallery furnace. ¹

6. Noun. (printing) An oblong tray of wood or brass, with upright sides, for holding type which has been set, or is to be made up, etc. ¹

7. Noun. (printing) A proof sheet taken from type while on a galley; a galley proof. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Galley

1. a long, low medieval ship [n -LEYS]

Medical Definition of Galley

1. Origin: OE. Gale, galeie (cf. OF. Galie, galee, LL. Galea, LGr.; of unknown origin. 1. A vessel propelled by oars, whether having masts and sails or not; as: A large vessel for war and national purposes; common in the Middle Ages, and down to the 17th century. A name given by analogy to the Greek, Roman, and other ancient vessels propelled by oars. A light, open boat used on the Thames by customhouse officers, press gangs, and also for pleasure. One of the small boats carried by a man-of-war. The typical galley of the Mediterranean was from one hundred to two hundred feet long, often having twenty oars on each side. It had two or three masts rigged with lateen sails, carried guns at prow and stern, and a complement of one thousand to twelve hundred men, and was very efficient in mediaeval walfare. Galleons, galliots, galleasses, half galleys, and quarter galleys were all modifications of this type. 2. The cookroom or kitchen and cooking apparatus of a vessel; sometimes on merchant vessels called the caboose. 3. An oblong oven or muffle with a battery of retorts; a gallery furnace. 4. [F. Galee; the same word as E. Galley a vessel. An oblong tray of wood or brass, with upright sides, for holding type which has been set, or is to be made up, etc. A proof sheet taken from type while on a galley; a galley proof. Galley slave, a person condemned, often as a punishment for crime, to work at the oar on board a galley. "To toil like a galley slave." Galley slice, a sliding false bottom to a large galley. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Galley

gallerygoer
gallerygoers
gallerying
galleryite
galleryites
gallerylike
gallet
galleta
galletas
galleted
galleting
gallets
galletting
galletyle
galletyles
galley (current term)
galley-bird
galley-worm
galley proof
galley slave
galley slaves
galleys
gallflies
gallfly
galliard
galliardise
galliardness
galliards
galliass
galliasses

Literary usage of Galley

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"And each proud galley, as she passed To the wild cadence of the blast, ... A proof from type on a galley. 3. A boat, somewhat larger than a ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"THE galley-SLAVE OH, GALLANT was our galley, from her carven steering-wheel To her figure-head of silver and her beak of hammered steel; The leg-bar chafed ..."

3. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and by James Balfour Paul (1893)
"Arg. a galley, oars in saltire, sa. (4th quarter of I st and 4th grand quarters), ... Arg. a galley sa. (2nd quarter), in the centre of the shield a ..."

4. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"THE galley-SLAVE OH, gallant was our galley, from her carven steering- wheel To ... 'Twas merry in the galley, for we revelled now and then— If they wore us ..."

5. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"He drove them from the fleet, and quench'd the flames ; The galley there remain'd still half-consumed ; The while the Trojans with a panic-cry Retired ..."

6. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and ...by Thomas Bayly Howell by Thomas Bayly Howell (1816)
"galley likewise said fie was an officer, and shewed his deputation to tlie people that were in the room ; the company continued drinking till galley and ..."

7. The Story of the Barbary Corsairs by Stanley Lane-Poole, James Douglas Jerrold Kelley (1890)
"The Corsairs of Algiers only served their enemies as they served them : their galley slaves were no worse treated, to say the least, than were Doria's or ..."

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