Definition of quarterdeck in US English:



  • 1The part of a ship's upper deck near the stern, traditionally reserved for officers.

    • ‘Personnel from ships participating in Exercise Ocean Protector held a sports day on the quarterdeck of HMAS Creswell.’
    • ‘Glancing around the quarterdeck, he sat down on the deck beside her.’
    • ‘Thomas writes colorfully of blackguards and mistresses, salty sea dogs and young midshipmen, bloody quarterdecks and Parisian salons.’
    • ‘The action takes place on the quarterdeck of the HMS Pinafore, which has been stylishly designed, complete with a three-tiered cabin, rigging, steam funnel, sails and an ocean view backdrop.’
    • ‘At 1.35 pm, Nelson, pacing his quarterdeck amidst the crash of the broadsides, calm amidst the smoke that wreathed Victory, was giving his orders quietly and firmly, as always.’
    • ‘But just before 8 a.m., the 19-year old Marine bugler looked up from his watch post on the ship's quarterdeck to see Japanese planes overhead.’
    • ‘Some hours before her departure a large group of sailors assembled on the quarterdeck and appointed spokesmen to voice concerns to the ship's captain.’
    • ‘Without an accurate chart, she anchored in Betano Bay at dusk on September 23, 1942 and commenced disembarking troops over her quarterdeck.’
    • ‘This was the Melbourne Cup scene, not at Flemington or Royal Randwick of course, but on the quarterdeck of HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney.’
    • ‘Walker gripped the railing of the quarterdeck as another frigid wave swept over his ship.’
    • ‘The men watched and waited for Hornblower to return to the quarterdeck.’
    • ‘We know that in those days a ship was commanded from the quarterdeck at the ship's stern.’
    • ‘Admiral Byng, by contrast, was shot by firing squad on his own quarterdeck for his incompetence in action against a French fleet which was besieging the British garrison at Port Mahon in Minorca in 1756.’
    • ‘And when they cross the quarterdeck, they see the hard work that deck division puts in, and that makes us feel proud.’
    • ‘At 11 in the morning the boatswain's mate would pipe ‘Up spirits,’ to cue the petty officer of the day to climb to the quarterdeck, where an officer would give him the keys to the spirit room.’
    • ‘Weeks of training on the quarterdeck had firmed the muscles, but minds were too easily seduced by the proffered friendship.’
    • ‘Inside a tent on the quarterdeck, Ishmael meets Captain Peleg, an elderly gruff man, who is one of the two owners of the ship.’
    • ‘After the Japanese capitulated, the surrender ceremonies for Ocean and Nauru Islands were carried out on her quarterdeck.’
    • ‘About 40 survivors cowered on the quarterdeck.’
    • ‘He forced me back along the quarterdeck and up to the main mast, until I had to take refuge by climbing into the rigging and up the ratlines, thrusting and slashing with my cutlass all the while.’
    1. 1.1 The officers of a ship or the navy.