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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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Photographs from 1860 show the addition of three delicately carved widow's walks and decorative railings around the rooftop platforms.
New England weather, however, took its toll on the mansion's most recently constructed widow's walk, built in 1999 by students at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, and the peeling, rotted structure was removed in 2009 for repair.
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