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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The section of the upper deck of a ship located at the bow forward of the foremast.
  • n. A superstructure at the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A raised part of the upper deck at the front of a ship.
  • n. Crew's quarters located at the forward part of a ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short upper deck forward, formerly raised like a castle, to command an enemy's decks.
  • n. That part of the upper deck of a vessel forward of the foremast, or of the after part of the fore channels.
  • n. In merchant vessels, the forward part of the vessel, under the deck, where the sailors live.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical: That part of the spar-deck which lies forward of the fore rigging.
  • n. A section of a merchant vessel where the seamen live, either a house on deck or a place below the spar-deck in the eyes of the ship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed

Etymologies

Middle English forecastel : fore-, fore- + castel, fortification; see castle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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