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, latimes.com, "Fat Pentagon budget brings jobs to struggling Ohio tank factory — and a political payoff for Trump," 2 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hull down.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of hull down

1775, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hull down

Dictionary Entries near hull down

hull

Hull

hullabaloo

hull down

hulled barley

hulled corn

hullet

Statistics for hull down

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hull down

The first known use of hull down was in 1775

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on hull down

See words that rhyme with hull down

Comments on hull down

What made you want to look up hull down? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!