hull-down

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hull-down (not comparable)

  1. (nautical) Of a ship so far distant that only the masts and sails are visible above the horizon
    • 1898, Joseph Conrad, Youth
      In the morning a homeward-bound ship passed us hull down, -- the first we had seen for months; [...]
  2. (military) Of a tank, stopped with its hull protected by ground to the front, so that its occupants or weapons have a line of sight forward.

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