from The Century Dictionary.

  • Carrying but one oarsman on a thwart, as a boat.
  • Having but one bank or tier of oars, as the lighter vessels of antiquity.
  • Having but one bank or row of keys, as an organ.


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  • The officer in the bow of the single-banked warship did use a megaphone.

    Lord of the Isles 1997

  • An even more efficient solution is that of single-banked rooms with access from open verandahs or galleries.

    3. Design rules 1993

  • River galleys, also, as would be expected, seldom carry more than twenty oars to a side, and are almost always single-banked.

    Renegades Of Gor Norman, John 1986

  • Four RETURN The single-banked trading galley of Ortius crept gingerly along the coast turning northwards to the first port of call, Nova Cargegena, then on to the Messina, where Casca had first enlisted in the legions and received his basic training.

    The Eternal Mercenary Sadler, Barry 1980

  • Climbing out of the hatch, Casca went to the side of the single-banked ship and emptied his bladder into the coastal waters of Britannia.

    The Eternal Mercenary Sadler, Barry 1980

  • And they had also ships of war prepared as for sea-fighting, to the number of ninety-two, and they were single-banked ships covered by decks, in order that the men rowing them might if possible not be exposed to the bolts of the enemy.

    History of the Wars, Books III and IV (of 8) The Vandalic War Procopius


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