crow's nest


: a partly enclosed platform high on a ship's mast for use as a lookout
also : a similar lookout (as for traffic control)

Examples of crow's nest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Featuring a slide, two swings, a two-person glider, monkey bars, a rock wall and a two-story clubhouse with a crow's nest and picnic table, this set boasts hours of endless fun. Alissa Schulman, Good Housekeeping, 15 Feb. 2023 The crow's nest topping this three-bedroom dome home offers 360-degree views. The Week Staff, The Week, 29 Jan. 2023 Besides its standard-issue gourmet kitchen and spacious family rooms, the home also includes a gym, basketball court, game room, grill area, and crow's nest. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 27 Mar. 2019 No Bird Box blindfolds here, please: that crow's nest plus several screened and open porches offer views of the Atlantic—plus the property's sparkling pool. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 27 Mar. 2019 There's a climbing wall for energetic little ones: A zipline for thrill-seekers (don't worry, grandpa supervises): And a footbridge up to the crow's nest. Lauren Piro, House Beautiful, 9 Oct. 2015 The top deck of the staircase offer's a kind of crow's nest outpost with new and striking views of the Lindner Family Tennis Center property. Cincinnati Enquirer,, 24 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crow's nest was in 1818

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“Crow's nest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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crow's nest

: a partly enclosed platform high on a ship's mast for use as a lookout

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