Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, any boat hung to davits over a ship's quarter.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The longboat came abreast and “spoke” the quarter-boat.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • Parr shouted, a cry taken up by others in his quarter-boat.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • Mr. Hardy took charge of one quarter-boat, while John Parr, the second mate, sat at the tiller of the other.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • It is noon; and Dough-Boy, the steward, thrusting his pale loaf-of-bread face from the cabin-scuttle, announces dinner to his lord and master who, sitting in the lee quarter-boat, has just been taking an observation of the sun; and is now mutely reckoning the latitude on the smooth, medallion-shaped tablet, reserved for that daily purpose on the upper part of his ivory leg.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • My father clipped his safety belt onto the guy wire that ran from the monkey board to the roof of the quarter-boat and jumped.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • But the rig caved with him, crashed across the top of the quarter-boat, and took my father and nineteen other roughnecks down to the bottom of the Gulf with it.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • It has been said that the larboard quarter-boat was launched by the chief mate, James Duncan.

    Grace Darling Heroine of the Farne Islands

  • At this time some of the crew, eager to save themselves, lowered the larboard quarter-boat, and sprang into it.

    Grace Darling Heroine of the Farne Islands

  • He pointed at the quarter-boat, which swung at the end of a long painter.

    The Mutineers

  • While two or three hands cleared away a quarter-boat, we hauled up the mainsail, braced the after yards and raised the head sheets, so that the ship, with her main yards aback, drifted down in the general direction in which we thought Bill must be.

    The Mutineers

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