from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The lowest deck of a ship, especially a warship, having at least four decks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The platform over the hold of a ship that makes up the fourth or lowest deck, hence in full called orlop deck, especially of a warship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lowest deck of a vessel, esp. of a ship of war, consisting of a platform laid over the beams in the hold, on which the cables are coiled.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the deck below the berth-deck in a ship, where the cables were formerly coiled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the fourth or lowest deck
Middle English overlop, floor covering a ship's hold, from Middle Low German overlōp : over, over; see uper in Indo-European roots + lōp, a running.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English overlop ("deck of a single decker"), from Middle Low German overlop ("which leaps overhead"). (Wiktionary)