American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A strong shutter or plate fastened over a ship's porthole or cabin window in stormy weather.
- n. Nautical A thick window set in a ship's side or deck.
- n. A skylight constructed so that it cannot be opened.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a strong wooden or iron shutter fastened over a cabin-window or port-hole in rough weather to prevent water from entering.
- n. A luminous appearance sometimes observed over putrescent animal bodies.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A strong shutter, made to fit open ports and keep out water in a storm.
- n. a strong shutter over a ship's porthole that is closed in stormy weather
“She lay with him one afternoon, when a scrap of sunlight spearing through a chink in the scuttle's deadlight was scribing an oval shape on the opposite bulkhead, and she mentally added up the number of rooms in her Lincolnshire house.”
“Grace lay beside him, gazing up at the deck, listening to the hiss of rain falling on the deadlight of the cabin's scuttle.”
“They are certainly particular about showing light after dark; by 6 p.m. all port-holes are closed, and every cabin has its iron deadlight down.”
“Do not allow a man to go on deck, nor to open a deadlight.”
“I heard the cook close the door behind me and bolt it and cover the deadlight with a tin pan.”
“It was hot in the room, and rather dark, as the deadlight to the poop-deck was fogged by sea water.”
“The brick wall of the Customs House, held from collapsing by a row of rusty iron stars, seemed to bulge more than its wont for the moment -- its upper window, a ship's deadlight, round and expressionless as the eye of a codfish.”
“When all hands were called, I rubbed my eyes in astonishment, for as I glanced out of the deadlight near which my hammock swung, I saw that we were under way and well out to sea.”
“The four changed from the window to the deadlight, and watched the approaching disk with every bit of the excitement and interest they had felt when nearing Mercury.”
“As the cube settled slowly to the ground, the adventurers left the deadlight to use the windows.”
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