from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. It extends from 4 to 6 feet below the surface of the water and to varying heights above it. In vessels with a partial belt the armor-protection is completed at the ends by a diagonal or athwartships belt in the interior from side to side. In modern vessels the armoring of the side is continued above the belt by the casemate armor.
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He seized Rumata by the sleeve and made his way toward the bar, passing through a narrow aisle between the tables, scratching the backs of guests who were seated at the tables with his slightly protruding belt-armor.