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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.]
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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.
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