Whaleback

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Whaleback (Naut) A form of vessel, often with steam power, having sharp ends and a very convex upper deck, much used on the Great Lakes, esp. for carrying grain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whaleback A vessel of which the upper deck is rounded: generally without upper works. It has a spoon-bow, with the whole of the main deck arched and meeting the side in a continuous curve. There are a number of very large hatches in the crown of the deck. The propelling machinery is in the extreme after end of the vessel. Such vessels were first used on the Great Lakes.
    • n whaleback In physical geography, a drift-hill of rounded profile thought to resemble the back of a whale rising above the sea.
    • whaleback Having an arched or curved deck continuous with the side: said of a particular type of steamer. See whaleback, n., 2.
    • n whaleback Same as turtleback.
    • n whaleback A vessel of which the upper deck is rounded: generally without upper works. Such vessels were first used on the great lakes.
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Usage

In literature:

Well, this whaleback now.
"Blix" by Frank Norris
In the centre it rose to probably six feet and then fell very gradually, whaleback fashion, to the south.
"Over Prairie Trails" by Frederick Philip Grove
An artistic illustration is given of the "whaleback" steamer, used principally on our Northern lakes.
"My Native Land" by James Cox
We could send one of papa's whalebacks after it.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
Like enough this old whaleback is a sleeping volcano.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
With ample artillery and fresh reserves at our command we were determined to gain the summit of the whaleback in a final drive.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
Inside was a space eight feet long and three and one-half feet wide, with a round whaleback top.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
That is to say, with "whalebacks" at each end containing air chambers, and plenty of beam and room within the cockpit.
"The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune" by Wilbur Lawton
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In news:

Erosion-resistant rock peppers the dome's surface in whalebacks, fins and house-sized rounded boulders.
A Visit To Old Lyme's Lord Cove And Whaleback.
Whaleback picks Bright House to enable managed voice services.
Whaleback Offers Managed IP Telephony Platform.
Whaleback Systems will introduce a new release of its CrystalBlue voice and desktop fax service, enabling SMBs to increase work productivity.
Whaleback Updates PBX Service for SMBs.
Whaleback Launches IP PBX for SMBs.
A Visit To Old Lyme's Lord Cove And Whaleback .
Whaleback Offers Managed IP Telephony Platform.
Whaleback Systems will introduce a new release of its CrystalBlue voice and desktop fax service, enabling SMBs to increase work productivity.
Whaleback Updates PBX Service for SMBs.
Whaleback Launches IP PBX for SMBs.
Photo/Muskegon County Museum The Henry Cort, a 320-foot whaleback steamer, rests on the north side of the Muskegon Channel breakwater after being thrown there by a storm on Nov 30, 1934.
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