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See also: belowdecks
- (nautical) In or into any of the spaces below the main deck of a vessel.
- 1817, Maria Edgeworth, chapter 31, in Ormond:
- [O]n the wind shifting and becoming more violent, the landsmen soon retired below decks.
- 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs, chapter 8, in The Gods of Mars:
- Phaidor and I were taken below decks, where, still fast bound, we were thrown into a small compartment which contained a single port-hole.
below the the main deck of a vessel