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

  • n. The principal deck of a large ship or vessel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the deck next below the spar deck; the principal deck.
  • n. The uppermost sheltered deck that runs the entire length of a large vessel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the uppermost sheltered deck that runs the entire length of a large vessel


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  • Decks below the main deck do not have the initial zero, and are numbered down from the main deck; e.g. Deck 11 is below Deck 3.

    Terror At Dawn

  • The lower deck guns of the German armored cruisers were able to fire, but the main deck casements of Good Hope and Monmouth had to be kept closed lest the guns be smothered by the sea.

    Castles of Steel

  • Designations for decks above the main deck (also known as the damage-control deck) begin with zero, e.g. 0-3.

    Terror At Dawn

  • Scotty stood on the main deck of the Neptune, staring into a two-hundred-liter fish tank.


  • By ten o’clock the situation of the Richard seemed hopeless as only a few stanchions prevented the quarterdeck from falling into the gunroom or the main deck from crashing into the hold.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • She appealed to Mr. Pike, who, leaning near, on the poop-rail, was divided between gazing sourly at Nancy pottering on the main deck and sourly at Possum, who, on the bridge, crouched with terror each time the crojack flapped emptily above him.


  • When Daughtry sauntered along the main deck a few minutes later and paused for a gossip with the customs officer and a quartermaster at the head of the gang-plank, Captain Duncan little dreamed that his casual glance was resting on his steward for the last time.



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