widow's walk

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widow's walk

A railed platform or cupola, typically on a coastal house. Also called widow's watch.

[From tales of ship captains' wives using such structures to watch, often in vain, for returning ships.]

wid′ow's walk`

a platform or walk atop a roof, as on coastal New England houses of the 18th and 19th centuries, often used as a lookout for incoming ships.
[1935–40, Amer.]
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Noun1.widow's walk - a lookout atop a coastal house
lookout station, observation tower, observatory, lookout - a structure commanding a wide view of its surroundings
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Signs of his expertise are everywhere, from the gorgeous ladder to the widow's walk to the boxy exterior deck lights he designed for the deck.
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