from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ship-building, the distance between a horizontal line joining the top of the floor-timbers amidships and the top of the keel.


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  • Built of steel throughout, and for passenger traffic only, she carried no combustible cargo to threaten her destruction by fire; and the immunity from the demand for cargo space had enabled her designers to discard the flat, kettle-bottom of cargo boats and give her the sharp dead-rise -- or slant from the keel -- of a steam yacht, and this improved her behavior in a seaway.

    The Wreck of the Titan or, Futility


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