Definitions

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

  • adj. Not decorated; unornamented.
  • adj. Having no deck. Used of a ship or boat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no deck.
  • adj. unadorned

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not decked; unadorned.
  • adj. Not having a deck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not decked; not adorned.
  • Not having a deck: as, an undecked vessel or barge.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ decked

Examples

  • Trelawny wrote: "Shelley's was an undecked open boat, schooner rigged… and… being undecked… she would have sunk in two minutes" (letter to The Times, London, 3 January 1876).

    Accident

  • Besides these, there were the Dredgermen, who, under pretence of dredging up coals and such like from the bottom of the river, hung about barges and other undecked craft, and when they saw an opportunity, threw any property they could lay their hands on overboard: in order slyly to dredge it up when the vessel was gone.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • Upon the seas one must go in a little undecked sailing boat, that may be rowed in a calm; all the other journeys one must do afoot, none aiding.

    A Modern Utopia

  • We had now been incessantly tossing about for four days in our small undecked boat, with constant disappointments and anxiety, and it was a great comfort to have a night of quiet and comparative safety.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • And, mark, he noticed directly the wheel deserted and his bark off her course — and his only thought was to get that miserable, stripped, undecked, smoldering shell of a ship back again with her head pointing at her port of destination.

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad

  • He saw that she was an English pilot-boat, undecked, but fitted with a cuddy forward, rigged luggerwise, and built for speed, yet fit to encounter almost any Channel surges.

    Springhaven

  • Never had Caesar enjoyed a sea voyage more, whipping along in a sleek undecked boat powered by fifty oarsmen who rowed to the beat of a drum, their chests and shoulders massively developed by years of this same exercise; the boat carried a second crew equally good, and they spelled each other before real tiredness set in, eating and drinking hugely in between bouts of rowing.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • The proximity of the Via Popillia and Roman legions passing to and from Sicily prohibited to any large pirate fleets a haven there, but the few small-scale freebooters who used Scyllaeum were in the act of beaching their trim, undecked little vessels for the winter when that huge tumult of people descended upon the place.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • Twelve triremes, seven quinqueremes, and fourteen undecked ships.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • They numbered three hundred decked war galleys of three or more banks, over one hundred undecked two-banker biremes, and fifteen hundred transports stuffed with troops and marines.

    The Grass Crown

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