Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An open space on the main deck of a ship, inclosed like a well by the bulwarks and partial higher decks forward and aft.

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Examples

  • A couple of men were sheltering from the following wind in the well-deck before the bridge, quietly smoking.

    The Lonely Sea

  • That, at least, wouldn't excite suspicion: the wind was strong now, the cold rain driving across the well-deck at an angle of almost forty-five degrees.

    Fear is the Key

  • To get to the other side of the rig we had to cross the hundred-foot width of the well-deck where I'd talked to Joe Curran, the roustabout foreman, in the early hours of that morning.

    Fear is the Key

  • I crossed to the far side of the south platform, found another set of rungs and dropped down to the well-deck.

    Fear is the Key

  • Three minutes later, dressed in my outer clothes and dripping like a blanket that's just been hauled from a wash-boiler, I was on my way up the enclosed gangway to the well-deck of the oil-rig a hundred feet above my head.

    Fear is the Key

  • On this lower level the thin spindly cigar-shaped outline of a crane reached up as high as the topmost level of the columns: the ship was moored directly below this cut-out well-deck, spanning the gap and a couple of steel pillars on either side of the gap.

    Fear is the Key

  • The wind on the open well-deck shrieked and gusted as powerfully as ever, but its direction had changed and I had to fight my way almost directly against it.

    Fear is the Key

  • We were now close up to the side of the ship, but still in deep shadow: the ship lay close in to the massive legs, but the platform overhung those legs, and so ourselves, by a good dozen feet, so that the angled light from the floodlights by the crane on the well-deck above barely succeeded in touching the faraway side -- the port side -- of the upper deck of the ship.

    Fear is the Key

  • Negotiating the hurricane blast that swept across the open well-deck was no easier this time than it had been the last, and in the intervening half-hour the darkness had deepened until it was almost as black as night.

    Fear is the Key

  • The fourth side gave directly on to the well-deck where the crane was.

    Fear is the Key

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