from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The section of the upper deck of a ship located at the bow forward of the foremast.
- n. A superstructure at the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A raised part of the upper deck at the front of a ship.
- n. Crew's quarters located at the forward part of a ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short upper deck forward, formerly raised like a castle, to command an enemy's decks.
- n. That part of the upper deck of a vessel forward of the foremast, or of the after part of the fore channels.
- n. In merchant vessels, the forward part of the vessel, under the deck, where the sailors live.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical: That part of the spar-deck which lies forward of the fore rigging.
- n. A section of a merchant vessel where the seamen live, either a house on deck or a place below the spar-deck in the eyes of the ship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
But I will say, contrary to my expectations, the Elsinore's forecastle is well found.
Inside the forecastle was the galley (or ship's kitchen) and quarters for such people as the boatswain, the carpenter, the cook and the master-archer.
The forecastle was a wild litter of spilt food and paraffin, lamps, unwashed dishes, tins of food, petrol-cans, ropes, sails, and gear.
Before I shipped that young fellow, my forecastle was a rat-pit of quarrels.
The Chancellor's hull is three-fourths immerged; besides the three masts and the bowsprit, to which the whale-boat was suspended, the poop and the forecastle are the only portions that now are visible; and as the intervening section of the deck is quite below the water, these appear to be connected only by the framework of the netting that runs along the vessel's sides.
Between these and the forecastle was the between-decks, as high as the gun deck of a frigate; being six feet and a half, under the beams.
The sick man whom they had left in the forecastle was a new hand who had shipped at Kingston.
There were also on each side of this deck, cabins for the marine soldiers, and twenty stables for horses; in the forecastle was a fresh-water cistern which held 253 hogsheads; and near it was a large tank of sea-water, in which fish were kept.
In the forecastle were the usual complement of emigrants.
In the forecastle was a bricked oven for warmth in winter and for cooking kettles of soup.