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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fo'c'sle living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fo'c'sle fōk′sl a short raised deck at the fore-end of a vessel: the forepart of the ship under the maindeck, the quarters of the crew.
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In literature:

The boy seized his semaphore flags and went out on to the spray-swept fore-deck, steadying himself against the fo'c'sle hatch cover.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Forward in the fo'c'sle he felt again irresistibly the recent presence of the crew.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
"The Girls and I" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Haakon fought very boldly and slew Saevar, Soerli's standard-bearer and fo'c'sle-man.
"Stories and Ballads of the Far Past" by Nora Kershaw
I'll sail ships yet in his dirty German teeth, and I'll take you with me in my fo'c'sle.
"H.M.S. ----" by Klaxon
The interior of the fo'c'sle was dark, but he dared not try to make a light.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
The keel had been laid weeks before, and he could already tell her fo'c'sle would be low and rakish.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
John M'Leod, the harpooner, came aft from the fo'c'sle-head and reported a strange noise on the starboard bow.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
The four-inch gun on the fo'c'sle barked.
"Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S." by Percy F. Westerman
When the bell went I was on the fo'c'sle head, and waited a minute or two before leisurely descending.
"From Chart House to Bush Hut" by Charles W. L. Bryde
Half a dozen British seamen were on the fo'c'sle together with three Germans.
"Rounding up the Raider" by Percy F. Westerman
Unharmed, they succeeded in gaining the fo'c'sle, and in less than ten minutes the stiff canvas was straining on the forestay.
"The Nameless Island" by Percy F. Westerman
So it'll be the fo'c'sle that'll be burned out, and that deck'll fall in before long.
"A Boy of the Dominion" by F. S. Brereton
I could trace her rounded sides and lofty poop and fo'c'sle, even though the timbers were covered with weeds.
"The Quest of the 'Golden Hope'" by Percy F. Westerman
They approached it almost soundlessly from astern, so that the sleepy look-out on the fo'c'sle-head neither heard nor saw them.
"The White Blackbird" by Hudson Douglas
Climb on the fo'c'sle and signal that if she don't stop we'll sink her!
"Commander Lawless V.C." by Rolf Bennett
Do you know, sir, he kicked him out of the fo'c'sle?
"The Flying Bo'sun" by Arthur Mason
Not a soul suspects that there is anyone on board this Hulk, and he's well hidden in the fo'c'sle.
"The Secret Service Submarine" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
He'd have to go in the fo'c'sle as a boy.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
Then came Neptune on deck again and the party, followed by 800 officers and men, went to the fo'c'sle deck for the initiation.
"With the Battle Fleet" by Franklin Matthews

In poetry:

Do ye hear them, lily fingers?
Do ye catch their tune?
Do ye hear them fo'c'sle singers
Shouting to the moon?
"To The Lubber Poets" by Bill Adams
Eight bells chimed from the fo'c'sle
Back to the chime from the poop;
Out tumbled the port watch, cursing;
The cock crowed loud from the coop.
"Eight Bells" by Cicely Fox Smith
When t' north wind is howlin', an' t' west wind is yowlin',
It's for t' farm lads at sea that us lasses mun pray;
Tassey-Will o' t' new biggin, keepin' watch i' his riggin,
Lile Jock i' his fo'c'sle, torpedoed i' t' bay.
"The Flowers of Knaresborough Forest" by F W Moorman
There's an empty bunk in the fo'c'sle; we've divvied up his duds;
Somewhere far astern of her, in the greeny white suds,
He's swinging to the rollers, swaying to and fro,
With the birds up above him and the fish down below.
"Man In The Sea" by Bill Adams

In news:

The Fo'c'sle: Henry Beston's "Outermost House".