• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Half-deck (Zoöl) A shell of the genus Crepidula; a boat shell. See Boat shell.
    • Half-deck See Half deck, under Deck.
    • Half-deck that portion of the deck next below the spar deck which is between the mainmast and the cabin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n half-deck See deck, 2.
    • n half-deck The slipper-limpet, Crepidula fornicata, or a related species, the shell being likened to a half-decked vessel.
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In literature:

The meal was but half finished when a shout was followed by running feet on the deck overhead.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
Owen, one of the three men saved, thinks that the women remained on deck in this state about an hour and a half.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
That portion of the main deck of a ship of war, contained between the fore and main hatchways, or between the half-deck and galley.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
At half past eleven, the Parson and I went on deck, and read ordinary print as rapidly as by daylight.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
They hold five or six hundred, there is a great iron cage on deck, and they let half the number up at a time in order to get air.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Half erect and with the deck timbers almost in his grasp, time and again his feet slipped from the back of a wriggling salmon.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Without a word Vernon ran towards the companion leading to the half-deck.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
It would take two-thirds of the deck for half a dozen officers to have room.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
Got up in the evening for half an hour, and showed on deck.
"Journal of a Visit to Constantinople and Some of the Greek Islands in the Spring and Summer of 1833" by John Auldjo
The next event was a call from deck at half-past six in the morning, informing us that we were entering Mangerton Bay.
"Rambles Beyond Railways;" by Wilkie Collins

In poetry:

Round the ship a storm is raging,
At the rudder stands a fool. Who can save it?
He, who below the deck is longing,
Half-dead and in fetters.
"Ivar Ingemundson's Lay" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
This was that fell capsize,
As half she had righted and hoped to rise
Death teeming in by her portholes
Raced down decks, round messes of mortals.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
The chief mate looks into our half-deck; says he,
"The drift ice is clinking all over the sea."
And the youngest apprentice is shivering and white
As she rollicks and rambles for home through the night.
"Home Round The Horn" by Bill Adams

In news:

They are well intentioned and logical, but usually only half implemented when the next idea hits the deck.
Half the passengers on the pool deck cheered.
Syracuse forward James Southerland (left) saves a ball from going out of bounds as Michael Carter-Williams jumps out of the way during the first half of Sunday's game on the deck of the USS Midway.
San Diego State's Winston Shepard battles Syracuse's James Southerland for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on the deck of the USS Midway, Sunday, Nov 11, 2012, in San Diego.
Amber Stokes #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes attempts a free throw in the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Walmart Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Yorktown on November 9, 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina.
San Diego State's Winston Shepard battles Syracuse's James Southerland (left) for a loose ball during the first half of Sunday's game on the deck of the USS Midway.
Spin Masters, the creators of Tech Decks (the bane of every school teacher's existence), recently released a new line of dolls in an effort to compete with Barbie's half-century iron-clad hold on the market.
SHINE – Motorists who use the SR 104 Hood Canal Bridge can look forward to a smoother ride next week as WSDOT and crews from contractor Kiewit-General of Poulsbo begin grinding operations on the east half concrete bridge deck.

In science:

An in-shuffle of a deck of cards is done by cutting the deck into two equal halves and interleaving them perfectly, with the first card of the second half being the first card of the shuffled deck.
A Simple In-Place Algorithm for In-Shuffle
Tables 3 and 4 show that it takes about half as many or fewer shuffles to achieve a given degree of mixing for a card at the bottom of the deck.
A rule of thumb for riffle shuffling