from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The lowest deck of a ship, especially a warship, having at least four decks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The platform over the hold of a ship that makes up the fourth or lowest deck, hence in full called orlop deck, especially of a warship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lowest deck of a vessel, esp. of a ship of war, consisting of a platform laid over the beams in the hold, on which the cables are coiled.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the deck below the berth-deck in a ship, where the cables were formerly coiled.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the fourth or lowest deck
Below this again is one still lower-deck called the orlop-deck.
The "orlop" or eighth deck is devoted entirely to machinery with coal bunkers on each side of the boilers to provide against the effect of collisions.
"Battered chain-gangs of the orlop, grizzled draughts of years gone by ..."
Knowing that the orlop deck fire alone would have been enough — these timbers were dried to tinder after six years in this arctic desert — he still took time to light the lines of powder on the lower deck and open upper deck.
Crozier realized that Puhtoorak's young hunters had hacked their way in to the orlop deck.
As far as they could tell without lighting lamps and going down into the hold and orlop deck, this was the only dead body on board.
Crozier wanted to stay in the open air, even with the afternoon light waning, but he made himself go below to the orlop deck again.
The lanterns were already disappearing up the ladderway to the orlop deck.
The screaming was coming from up on the orlop deck.
Then the Four of us — aided by crewmen assigned to help us move the hundreds upon hundreds of crates, barrels, and heavy cans in both lower decks, orlop decks, and holds, and to open and test selected samplings — had done the Inventory twice so as not to make a mistake.