• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quarter-deck (Naut) That part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one.☞ The quarter-deck is reserved as a promenade for the officers and (in passenger vessels) for the cabin passengers.
    • Quarter-deck the part of the upper deck abaft the mainmast, including the poop deck when there is one.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Quarter-deck the part of the deck of a ship abaft the mainmast
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. quartariusquartus, fourth.


In literature:

With us, the sailor is scarcely himself beyond his quarter-deck.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
The crew and stewards were running up to the bow quarter-deck.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
For eight days the soot fell alike on the quarter-deck and the forecastle.
"A Woman's Journey through the Philippines" by Florence Kimball Russel
I was down the mast in a twinkling, caring nought if I were to swing at the yard-arm within an hour, and ran wildly to the quarter-deck.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
No one on the quarter-deck stirred.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
As he came aft and joined his superior upon the quarter-deck, exultation was visible in his face, and in every movement of his body.
"Under the Meteor Flag" by Harry Collingwood
Just when this was unendurable he felt a light touch upon his shoulder, and turned to find the second black pointing upward to the quarter-deck.
"King o' the Beach" by George Manville Fenn
Oh, here's Mr Russell coming; we shall have the whole quarter-deck on the sick list directly.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
At length, as he turned to walk forward, he saw Bob Doull coming aft, hat in hand, to the quarter-deck.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
At last I saw my friend the doctor, with several other officers, on the quarter-deck.
"Happy Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
Had he waited, he would probably have been sent to sea as a midshipman, and placed on the quarter-deck.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
His father was a fine seaman, and would have been an honour to the quarter-deck himself.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
Well, after breakfast I got Jim to come aft with me to the captain, who, with most of the officers, was on the quarter-deck.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
You will find the drawing-room and the quarter-deck very different places.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
The captain was on deck a moment afterwards and made ready to lower the lee quarter boat.
"The Mate of the Lily" by W. H. G. Kingston
I at once made out Captain Macnamara walking the starboard side of the quarter-deck with Mr Saunders.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
The quarter-deck is not a fit place for mirth.
"The Pirate" by Frederick Marryat
A roar of laughter greeted this speech, and in another minute Ted Flaggan stood bowing modestly on the quarter-deck of the flag-ship.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
Gathering strength, it burst up in a bright flame, showing that the quarter-deck could not long remain a place of security.
"The Walrus Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Gradually they were beaten back, and at length were brought to bay on the quarter-deck.
"The World of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

And how so high throe earth-born dignity,
Honour and state, go sink it in the sea,
Till that great one upon the quarter deck,
Brow-bound with gold, shall give thee leave to be.
"The Exiles' Line" by Rudyard Kipling
King Olaf stood on the quarter-deck,
With bow of ash and arrows of oak,
His gilded shield was without a fleck,
His helmet inlaid with gold,
And in many a fold
Hung his crimson cloak.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XIX. -- King Olaf's War-" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The billows dash o'er them and topple around,
They see they are pretty near sure to be drowned.
A terrible wave o'er the quarter-deck breaks,
And the vessel it sinks in a couple of shakes!
"Brave Alum Bey" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Poor Jack is right ready to watch and to work,
And any one's servant to be,
All dangers to dare, and no duty to shirk,—
But cannot put up with that terrible Turk
A quarter-deck tyrant at sea!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. IX. Our National Defenders" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
O, if it be a lass, she shall wear a golden ring;
And if it be a lad, he shall fight for his king;
With his dirk and his hat and his little jacket blue
He shall walk the quarter-deck as his daddie used to do.
And it's home, dearie, home—
"O, Falmouth Is a Fine Town" by William Ernest Henley

In news:

Facebook's Slide Deck Explaining Its So-So Second Quarter.