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- n. The part of a ship's deck past amidships toward the stern.
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- n. The part of a ship's deck from amidships toward the stern
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- n. a deck abaft of midships
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For prime sunset views, while away the evening at Louie's Backyard, where the "afterdeck" bar and dining area overlook the Atlantic Ocean.
Chapter Thirteen Brother Cadfael walked the crest of the dunes in the early evening of the third day, and saw the Danish cargo ships beached in the shallows below him, and the line of men, stripped half-naked to wade from shore to ships, ferrying the barrels of silver pence aboard, and stowing them under foredeck and afterdeck.
Some crew members spotted him at 4: 25 a.m. standing on the main afterdeck 10 yards from his stateroom window.
The rocket launcher on the afterdeck takes up so much space that there is no room for a rubber dinghy that would enable the German sailors to board a suspicious ship.
'After' still occasionally has the sense of 'latter part of' rather than 'following' - e.g., the afterdeck of a ship.
The ship's afterdeck was believed to be loaded with shrouded missile apparatus.
When Smith asked when Gordon had made his intentions known to the crew, Martin stated that he, along with the other crew members, were summoned to the afterdeck the night before they boarded the slaves.
Spithead, which simulated the sense of being at sea by disguising the viewing platform as the afterdeck of a frigate (see Comment, 24). close window
He had thought his ship came in, but becusae of his brotehr Abel, all that was gone: the sails, the afterdeck, even the planks and rails, gone.
Also, the forward part of the vessel where the sailors live, as opposed to the officers, who live in the “afterdeck” or “aftercabin.”