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 (fōk′səl, fôr′kăs′əl) also fo'c's'le (fōk′səl)
1. The section of the upper deck of a ship located at the bow forward of the foremast.
2. A superstructure at the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed. See Usage Note at boatswain.

[Middle English forecastel : fore-, fore- + castel, fortification; see castle.]


(ˈfəʊksəl) ,




(Nautical Terms) the part of a vessel at the bow where the crew is quartered and stores, machines, etc, may be stowed


(ˈfoʊk səl, ˈfɔrˌkæs əl, -ˌkɑ səl, ˈfoʊr-)

also fo'c's'le

1. a superstructure at or immediately aft of the bow of a vessel, used as a shelter for stores, machinery, etc., or as quarters for sailors.
2. any sailors' quarters located in the forward part of a vessel, as a deckhouse.
3. the forward part of the weather deck of a vessel, esp. the part forward of the foremast.
[1400–50; Middle English forcastell a towerlike structure on a ship's bow < Anglo-French; see fore-, castle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forecastle - living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housedforecastle - living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
living quarters, quarters - housing available for people to live in; "he found quarters for his family"; "I visited his bachelor quarters"
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
castillo de proa


[ˈfəʊksl] Ncamarote m de la tripulación (Hist) → castillo m de proa


fo'c'sle [ˈfəʊksl] n [ship] → poste m d'équipage.


n (Naut) → Vorschiff nt, → Vorderdeck nt; (in Merchant Navy) → Logis nt


fo'c's'le [ˈfəʊksl] n (Naut) → castello di prua
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