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a two-masted vessel square-rigged on both masts.
(formerly, in the U.S. Navy) an armed brig-rigged or brigantine-rigged vessel.
the compartment of a ship where prisoners are confined.

a place of confinement or detention, especially in the U.S. Navy or Marines; guardhouse.
Contemporary Examples

Bradley Manning: ‘I Will Recover From This … This Is Just a Stage in My Life’ Alexa O’Brien August 20, 2013

Historical Examples

Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
The Sandman: His Sea Stories William J. Hopkins
The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
Dick Leslie’s Luck Harry Collingwood
The Loss of the Kent, East Indiaman, in the Bay of Biscay Duncan McGregor
Lavengro George Borrow
The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
The Story of John Paul Jones Chelsea Curtis Fraser

(nautical) a two-masted square-rigger
(mainly US) a prison, esp in a navy ship
a Scot and northern English word for a bridge1

The detention cell of a ship
A naval prison (1850s+ Nautical)
Any military jail or prison (1890s+)



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