from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. below; towards the lower part of the rigging, or towards the decks
  • adj. in the lower part of the rigging, or on the decks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Below; in a lower part.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In or to a low place, or a lower part; below; down: opposed to aloft.
  • Afire; in a flame.


Middle English (Wiktionary)



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  • The call "Alow, There" from the masthead to the deck may have contributed to the rapid acceptance of "hello" as a greeting in the late 19th century.

    December 15, 2009

  • Lower than aloft, but not tweendecks either. See usage note on passaree.

    February 24, 2008