hull down

adverb or adjective

Definition of hull down

of a ship
: at such a distance that only the superstructure is visible

Examples of hull down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s support was on display on a recent morning shift as giant overhead cranes transported the solid steel hulls down a line manned by dozens of workers. David S. Cloud,, 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of hull down

1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hull down was in 1775

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“Hull down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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