false bottom

Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.false bottom - a horizontal structure that partitions a ship or box (especially one built close to the actual bottom)
structure, construction - a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts; "the structure consisted of a series of arches"; "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
But I am very tired of it!...I'm sick and tired of having a forest and a torture-chamber in my house and of living like a mountebank, in a house with a false bottom!...I'm tired of it!
Taking it between my finger and thumb, and drawing it upward, I discovered that there was a false bottom to the case, forming a secret compartment for letters and papers.
"Yes," he declared, after looking it over, "the thing certainly has a false bottom. Now, I wonder what that is for?"
Barrois touched a spring, the false bottom came out, and they saw a bundle of papers tied with a black string.
The drugs stash, believed to be worth about PS4million, was reportedly found in the false bottom of a cupboard on a luxury yacht after three of the suspects had sailed from Morocco to Marbella marina.
The bottom of the terrarium is water-tight for creating a false bottom for planted tanks or an aquarium water feature.
Democracies turn the concrete into the abstract, and as a result, words become like boxes "with a false bottom": what you take out can be entirely different from what you put in.
This "false bottom" turns out to be a mass of animals that journey hundreds to thousands of feet from the depths to the surface nightly in a living wave that wraps around the planet.
"Doble fondo" (False Bottom), our exhibition at Proyectos Monclova in Mexico City this past winter, was titled after our work of the same name.
Hidden beneath a false bottom, speakers emit lightly edited recordings that McGill began compiling six years ago in various campi throughout Venice.
"Usually you get a false bottom, or two or three or four," Oxy's CEO said.