af·​ter·​deck ˈaf-tər-ˌdek How to pronounce afterdeck (audio)
: the part of a deck abaft amidships

Examples of afterdeck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No one is sure to this day just what triggered the Zuni, but the missile shot down the flight deck and slammed into a Skyhawk waiting to take off on the afterdeck, blasting the bomber and spewing blazing jet fuel onto other aircraft standing nearby. John McCain, Popular Mechanics, 27 Aug. 2018 Within an instant, the afterdeck is a raging inferno as one fuel tank after another explodes in the intense heat. John McCain, Popular Mechanics, 27 Aug. 2018

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after- + deck entry 1

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afterdeck was in 1797

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“Afterdeck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


af·​ter·​deck -ˌdek How to pronounce afterdeck (audio)
: the rear half of the deck of a ship
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