Forecastle Fore"cas`tle (?; sailors say ?), n. (Naut.) (a) A short upper deck forward, formerly raised like a castle, to command an enemy's decks. (b) That part of the upper deck of a vessel forward of the foremast, or of the after part of the fore channels. (c) In merchant vessels, the forward part of the vessel, under the deck, where the sailors live. [1913 Webster]

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  • Forecastle — Forecastle, also spelled fo c s le (pronEng|ˈfoʊksəl), originally meant the upper deck of a sailing ship, forward of the foremast. The syncope of the word is common among nautical terms due to the nature of their pronunciation during the age of… …   Wikipedia

  • forecastle — (n.) c.1400, earlier Anglo Fr. forechasteil (mid 14c.), from M.E. FORE (Cf. fore ) before + castel fortified tower, the short raised deck in the fore part of the ship used in warfare (see CASTLE (Cf. castle) (n.)). Spelling fo c sle reflects… …   Etymology dictionary

  • forecastle — see fo c sle …   Modern English usage

  • forecastle — (also fo c s le) ► NOUN ▪ the forward part of a ship below the deck, traditionally used as the crew s living quarters …   English terms dictionary

  • forecastle — [fōk′səl, fôr′kas΄əl] n. [ FORE + CASTLE: from the foremost of the two castlelike structures on the hull of a medieval vessel] 1. the upper deck of a ship in front of the foremast 2. the front part of a merchant ship, where the crew s quarters… …   English World dictionary

  • forecastle — UK [ˈfəʊks(ə)l] / US [ˈfoʊks(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms forecastle : singular forecastle plural forecastles the front part of a ship …   English dictionary

  • forecastle — [[t]fo͟ʊksl[/t]] forecastles also fo c sle N COUNT: usu the N in sing The forecastle is the part at the front of a ship where the sailors live …   English dictionary

  • forecastle — /ˈfoʊksəl / (say fohksuhl) noun 1. the forward part of a ship, comprising the bow and areas in its immediate vicinity. 2. the sailors quarters in the forward part of a merchant vessel. 3. Also, forecastle head. a short raised deck in the forepart …   Australian English dictionary

  • forecastle — or fo c sle noun Date: 15th century 1. the forward part of the upper deck of a ship 2. the crew s quarters usually in a ship s bow …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • forecastle — /fohk seuhl, fawr kas euhl, kah seuhl, fohr /, n. Naut. 1. a superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as quarters for sailors. 2. any sailors quarters located in the forward… …   Universalium

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