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  1. decks

    The platforms laid longitudinally over the transverse beams; in ships of war they support the guns. The terms in use for these decks are, assuming the largest ship of the line:--Poop, the deck which includes from the mizen-mast to the taffrail. The upper or spar-deck, from stem to stern, having conventional divisions; as, quarter-deck, which is, when clear for action, the space abaft the main-mast, including the cabin; next, the waist, between the fore and main masts, on which the spars and booms are secured. In some ships guns are continued (always in flush-decked ships) along the gangway; then the forecastle, which commences on the gangway, from the main-tack chock forward to the bows. Small craft, as brigs and corvettes, are sometimes fitted with top-gallant forecastles, to shelter the men from heavy seas which wash over. Next, the main or gun-deck, the entire length of the ship. It is also divided conventionally into the various cabins, the waist (under the gangway), the galley, from the fore-hatchway to the sick bay, and bows. Next below, is the middle deck of a three-decker, or lower of a two-decker, succeeded by lower deck and the orlop-deck, which carries no guns. The guns on these several decks increase in size and number from the poop downwards. Thus, although a vessel termed a three-decker was rated 120 guns, the fact stood thus:-- Guns. Pounders. lbs. Poop, 10 24 240 Quarter-deck, 22 24 long } 848 Forecastle, 10 32 cans. } Main-deck, 34 24 816 Middle, 36 24 864 Lower, 36 32 1152 ---- ---- 148 3920 ---- Broadside of 1960 But latterly, 56 and 84 pounders on the lower, and 32 on the middle, afforded a heavier weight of broadside. The Santissima Trinidada, taken from the Spaniards, carried four whole tiers of guns. Now, the tonnage of the largest of these would be insignificant. "Deckers" are exploded, and a Pallas of the same tonnage (2372) carries 8 guns, a Bellerophon (4272) carries 18 guns, ranging in size, however, from the 64-pounder up to the 300-pounder.--Flush-deck, or deck flush fore and aft, implies a continued floor laid from stem to stern, upon one line, without any stops or intervals.--Half-deck. In the Northumberland colliers the steerage itself is called the half-deck, and is usually the habitation of the ship's crew.

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  1. decksnoun

    Plural noun and verb form of the word deck.

    The bus had two decks and was roof enough for over 100 passengers.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 17, 2017  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decks in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decks in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of decks in a Sentence

  1. Judy Weisman:

    Almost everyone, because we are right on the water here, has been out on (the Conception). We all have a personal connection with it, it's just such a horrific notion to think what the people down in the below decks, the people sleeping down there must have gone through.

  2. Bob Richards:

    It's not unlike fishing vessels in international waters, they don't own the water ... but they have a right to put nets in the water and put the fish on the decks and once the fish are there, they own the fish.

  3. Tim Draper:

    This is completely non-partisan, the decks will be cleared and we can create states that can be models for other states to follow for the future.

  4. Simona Bonanno:

    These areas are not rich or decorated as the passengers' decks, they are very clean and simple, functional.

  5. Bill Stone:

    It's hard to feel really good while the markets are so volatile but people will look back and say that this cleared the decks and took us from overbought conditions to oversold.

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