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[fohk-suh l, fawr-kas-uh l, -kah-suh l, fohr-] /ˈfoʊk səl, ˈfɔrˌkæs əl, -ˌkɑ səl, ˈfoʊr-/

noun, Nautical.
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.
any sailors’ quarters located in the forward part of a vessel, as a deckhouse.
the forward part of the weather deck of a vessel, especially that part forward of the foremast.
the part of a vessel at the bow where the crew is quartered and stores, machines, etc, may be stowed

c.1400, earlier Anglo-French forechasteil (mid-14c.), from Middle English fore- “before” + Anglo-French castel “fortified tower,” the short raised deck in the fore part of the ship used in warfare (see castle (n.)). Spelling fo’c’sle reflects sailors’ pronunciation.


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    noun, Nautical. 1. a partial weather deck on top of a forecastle superstructure; topgallant forecastle.

  • Forecastle-head

    noun, Nautical. 1. the extreme fore part of a forecastle superstructure. 2. the extreme fore part of the main weather deck of a vessel that has no forecastle superstructure.

  • Fore-check

    [fawr-chek, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌtʃɛk, ˈfoʊr-/ verb (used without object), Ice Hockey. 1. to obstruct or impede the movement or progress of an attacking opponent in the opponent’s own defensive zone. Compare , 1 (def 15).

  • Forechoir

    [fawr-kwahyuh r, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌkwaɪər, ˈfoʊr-/ noun 1. .

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