from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The section of the hold of a ship that is within the angle made by the bow and is used for trimming or for storage of cargo.

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  • n. The part of the hold of a ship within the angle of the bow

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, the extreme forward part of the forehold, in the angle formed by the bow.


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  • But the god changed into a dreadful lion there on the ship, in the bows, and roared loudly: amidships also he showed his wonders and created a shaggy bear which stood up ravening, while on the forepeak was the lion glaring fiercely with scowling brows.

    Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • It was good to be free from the lashings that had galled us so sorely, if we were still captives indeed, and had no mind to pass from the cramped cabin, if one may call the forepeak so much, to the deck where the foemen sat and made merry with the stores they had taken from us.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing

  • 'forepeak' in the luggers where you can comfortably sleep -- that is, if you are able to sleep in such surroundings, and if the anguish of sea-sickness is absent.

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands

  • The boat sheered off and made towards the shore; on board Heloise men moved on the forepeak and the chain began to grind in at the hawse.

    In Spite of Their Declaration of Bombs

  • Trevor dogged down the forepeak, sealing all hatches and bulkheads forward of the fish hold.

    The Whale Warriors

  • I looked down at the main deck and just aft of the whaleback five deck hands were working fast, coiling a green mass of rope and stashing it forward in the forepeak.

    The Whale Warriors

  • The cable locker was at the most forward part of the forepeak, right where the hull came together at the bow.

    The Terror

  • But now, with the amount of stores depleted and the number of sick and injured men multiplying, the carpenters had created a more permanent and separate section of the forepeak to serve as sick bay.

    The Terror

  • The captain can see, beyond the partition of Mr. Diggle's shelves and cupboards where forward bulwarks had once stood, the sick bay in the forepeak of the ship.

    The Terror

  • When he was finished searching the coal storage lockers and the stores amidships, Lieutenant Irving moved out into the remaining crates and barrels in the forepeak, directly below the crew's berthing area and Mr. Diggle's huge stove two decks above.

    The Terror


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