Definition of upper works in English:
The parts of a ship that are above the water when it is fully laden.
- The deck and upper works of older ships were often built of wood over a steel frame.
- The ship's stern and upper works, together with all her guns, had evidently been ripped away by the powerful currents which run through the Sound.
- Here it is more broken, with most of the upper works gone and the diesel engine exposed.
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