Definition of below decks in US English:

below decks

(also below deck)

adverb & adjective

  • In or into the space below the main deck of a ship.

    as adjective ‘the sleeping quarters were below decks’
    as adverb ‘nuclear weapons stored below decks’
    • ‘In 1835 the Jardine, another steam vessel, sailed from Scotland to China with her engine and paddle wheels stowed below decks.’
    • ‘The mines were found by his ship's company concealed below decks in a barge.’
    • ‘Many of those who shipped below decks in the service of the empire could not even read, despite the educational reforms that were even then beginning to sweep Britain.’
    • ‘Detached planks are scattered on the deck or below deck.’
    • ‘Shortly afterward the guards herded the men below decks to the berthing area for the journey to Wonson.’
    • ‘To minimize maintenance, the only wood used in the entire boat is the tiller and the only opening to the area below deck is the companionway.’
    • ‘All that time below decks allows the engineers to become one with their equipment, like a mechanic with his prize car on which he knows every ding, every wire and the exact pitch of the engine when it is working correctly.’
    • ‘The ship's company fought hard to recover the damaged compartments, but were thwarted by a fierce fire which raged below decks.’
    • ‘Once embarked, the team dispersed aft, below decks and to the bridge to swiftly gain control of the vessel.’
    • ‘Its design allows huge amounts of space below decks, including spacious cabins and a saloon as big as a tennis court.’
    • ‘In the darkened operations room below decks, grey overalled officers and sailors watched an approaching blip on their radar screens.’
    • ‘As the exhausted and injured men slept below decks the ship was struck amidships by a torpedo from a German E-boat and she broke in two, sinking in just 15 seconds.’
    • ‘There was soon an eager string of sailors taking the vital stores from below decks to the two helicopters.’
    • ‘Visitors can witness typical scenarios played out by crew members in costume and find out about the horrible conditions below deck in which sailors lived and died.’
    • ‘The group were interested in a variety of specialisations although many were keen in working below decks as a Marine Technical sailor.’
    • ‘This trend is now showing itself on dayboats, with skippers converting unused space below decks to bunk-rooms priced as low £5 per night.’
    • ‘Other small huts on the deck cover a hatchway below decks and the rigging store.’
    • ‘Pallets of materials and foodstuffs were hoisted onto the ship and and whisked away below decks by waiting stores parties.’
    • ‘I could imagine that space below decks would be limited.’
    • ‘‘I deeply respect the stokers and sailors who are below decks working in the most oppressive and most demanding conditions,’ he said.’

plural noun

belowdecks
  • The space below the main deck of a ship.

    • ‘He saw three of his crewmen at the entrance to the belowdecks, huddled together.’
    • ‘This boat was beautifully built with rugged fittings and hardware, wood trim throughout the belowdecks and storage capacity to die for.’
    • ‘The Captain is always willing to instruct Beany and Cecil on their latest assignment, but refuses to put himself in any personal jeopardy, locking himself in the belowdecks for most of the episodes.’
    • ‘The belowdecks of a boat is such a confined space, though, that in the quiet of a harbor, every sound you make is shared by all.’
    • ‘The Corsair Lord snorts, the puff of air fading into the darkness of the belowdecks.’