Definition of upper works in English:

upper works

plural noun

  • The parts of a ship that are above the water when it is fully laden.

    • ‘The upper works are protected from shards of ice by a substantial ledge projecting round the top of the hull.’
    • ‘Here it is more broken, with most of the upper works gone and the diesel engine exposed.’
    • ‘The ship's stern and upper works, together with all her guns, had evidently been ripped away by the powerful currents which run through the Sound.’
    • ‘The deck and upper works of older ships were often built of wood over a steel frame.’