Definition of forecastle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfōksəl/
Pronunciation: /ˈfôrˌkasəl/


1The forward part of a ship below the deck, traditionally used as the crew’s living quarters.
Example sentences
  • ‘Heads’ was the name given to that part of sailing ships forward of the forecastle and around the beak which was used by the crew as their lavatory.
  • This had enabled the crew to reach the fo'c's'le, bridge and engine room in the stern area, because when fully laden in heavy seas the San T's deck would have been awash.
  • The crew's quarters would traditionally be in the fo'c's'le, while officers would be quartered amidships and at the stern.
1.1A raised deck at the bow of a ship.
Example sentences
  • Even getting food from the galley to the forecastle (at the front of the ship) was a tremendous job.
  • There is no standard location, but bells would often be mounted on the back of the fo'c's'le or on the front of the wheelhouse.
  • Those of the crew not gathered at the stern held on for dear life to whatever they could or scrambled to the front of the forecastle to brace against it.

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Syllabification: fore·cas·tle

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