Definition of upper works in English:

upper works

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noun

  • The parts of a ship that are above the water when it is fully laden.
    More example sentences
    • 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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