Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, that part of a ship's hold which lies near the main-hatch.

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Examples

  • To get out of his way I run forward, he followed me, and as I was running back he came up with me and threw me down the main-hold.

    American Prisoners of the Revolution

  • Before the voyage of the Mary Turner came to an end, Dag Daughtry, sitting down between the rows of water-casks in the main-hold, with a great laugh rechristened the schooner "the Ship of Fools."

    Chapter 11

  • Fifty-odd boys signed on and were billeted in the main-hold, with the freedom of the deck, of course.

    The Inevitable White Man

  • Fortunately, while unloading the cargo, a lot of pickaxes were found amongst the miscellaneous assortment of ` notions 'stowed in the main-hold; and these now came in handy, the hands learning to wield them just as if they had been born navvies, after a bit, under the experienced direction of Captain Snaggs, who said he had been a

    The Island Treasure

  • Barry could not help taking his hand and giving it a kindly pressure; in two or three minutes the man had ceased to breathe, and his body was carried below into the main-hold to await burial on shore on the following morning; then Joe returned and reported that Rawlings and the

    Edward Barry South Sea Pearler

  • None of the Solomon Islanders were visible, they all having taken up their quarters in the main-hold on top of the cases of pearl shell, where they had spread their rough mats of coconut leaf.

    Edward Barry South Sea Pearler

  • They had not done much, he said, their leader having only just succeeded in breaking open the main-hold, and just beginning another attack on the cabin, when the report of the shell from the Blazer's pinnace as it burst made the pirates scramble overboard for their lives.

    Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea

  • By the time the ship, to which every one has ere this become attached, is so far advanced as to have all her spars on end, the artificers will have completed their hammerings, sawings, and nailings, and the main-hold will have been stowed with water-tanks.

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • "Thou art but too good a fellow, Starbuck," he said lowly to the mate; then raising his voice to the crew: "Furl the t'gallant-sails, and close-reef the top-sails, fore and aft; back the main-yard; up Burtons, and break out in the main-hold."

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • "Thou art but too good a fellow, Starbuck," he said lowly to the mate; then raising his voice to the crew: "Furl the t'gallant-sails, and close-reef the top-sails, fore and aft; back the main-yard; up Burton, and break out in the main-hold."

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

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