from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Partially decked.


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  • That night, long after dark, the little, half-decked skiff sailed up the Oakland Estuary.


  • A grinning small boy, in a small, bright-painted and half-decked skiff, sailed close in to the wall and let go his sheet to spill the wind.


  • Sir Duncan Campbell, therefore, rather shunned the Highlands, and falling into the Low-country, made for the nearest seaport in the vicinity, where he had several half-decked galleys, or birlings, as they were called, at his command.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • One of those trumpery, half-decked craft — or they used to be half-deckers in my time — has had three of those fresh-meat Jemmies over her in a single twelvemonth.

    Mary Anerley

  • The men in the motor-boat saw her too; they say that she was a large, half-decked pinnace, painted grey.


  • Their warships were called long-ships and were half-decked The rowers sat in the center of the boat, which was low, so that their oars could reach the water.

    Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)

  • La Salle, however, had provided better for comfort and the vicissitudes of sea-fowl shooting; occupying a broad, flat-bottomed boat, furnished with steel-shod runners, and "half-decked" fore-and-aft, further defended from the sea and spray by weather-boards, which left open a small well, capable of seating four persons.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • "Only a half-decked little cutter of about two or three tons," answered the Captain abjectly, trying to minimise his offence.

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel

  • The last time I was in Baltimore -- picturesque old place, with its ruined abbey and the memory of the sacking of it by Moorish pirates, and the carrying-off of the women from only the eighteenth century back -- was when I sailed round in a half-decked 16-footer, designed by Watson.

    Impressions of a War Correspondent

  • We used to cross in open or half-decked boats, and sometimes we have been almost as many hours in crossing as we are now minutes.

    Recollections of Old Liverpool


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