from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. that portion of the deck next below the spar deck which is between the mainmast and the cabin.
- n. A shell of the genus Crepidula; a boat shell. See boat shell.
- n. See Half deck, under Deck.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See deck, 2.
- n. The slipper-limpet, Crepidula fornicata, or a related species, the shell being likened to a half-decked vessel.
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Oh, August was no tyro in the field of building houses; he had both poured walls and built houses long years before, and he regarded this “half-deck” arrangement as anything but a practical solution to the problem at hand, for there would have to be a row of pillars to support it.
He suggested a three-foot concrete “half-deck” over the cellar along the entire rear wall which would lie outside the floor plan of the house and which could serve very well as a terrace.
The upper deck was similarly raised from the stern-post to the mainmast, forming a half-deck, under which the cabins were placed.
On this half-deck, immediately forward of the funnel, a deck-house was placed, arranged as a chart-house, from which two companions (one on each side) led down to the cabins.
The beams of the main-deck are of American or German oak, those of the lower deck and half-deck of pitch-pine and Norwegian fir.
I opened the door, went to the half-deck, went up the central stairs.
Slowly, slowly the connecting rods begin to pick up speed, and the heat from the boiler builds, and more water spills across the heavy-timbered half-deck that holds the engine.
But it was unlike the interior of any ship I'd ever seen, it was so big and roomy; on either side, about four feet above the deck on which we stood, there was a kind of half-deck, perhaps seven feet deep, like a gigantic shelf, and above that yet another shelf of the same size.
The two then crept in under the half-deck; and, covering themselves up with the cutter's gaff-topsail, which had been placed within the cabin along with some spare canvas, dropped off into a sound slumber, forgetting their sad plight and their hunger alike, in sleep, the yacht meanwhile still floating along, down Channel, in a west-by-north direction with the ebb.
Peter, with his single strong arm, took the other starboard berth, and Regnar was bow oar, or, rather, paddle, while Carlo's place was under the half-deck forward.