Pronunciation: (dek'hous"), [key]
—pl. -hous•esPronunciation: (-hou"ziz). [key] Naut.
any enclosed structure projecting above the weather deck of a vessel and, usually, surrounded by exposed deck area on all sides. Cf. superstructure (def. 4).
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