Definition of Freeboard
1. Noun. (nautical) The vertical distance between the waterline and the uppermost watertight deck of a vessel. ¹
2. Noun. The distance between a water level and the top of something that contains or restrains it (such as a dam). ¹
3. Noun. The distance between the top of sea ice and the waterlevel. ¹
4. Noun. (nautical) The ability of a chief petty officer of the United States Navy or Coast Guard to set his own working hours to achieve mission goals, regardless of their being above or below the civilian equivalent of an eight-and-a-half hour work day. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Freeboard
1. [n -S]
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Literary usage of Freeboard
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Practical Shipbuilding: A Treatise on the Structural Design and Building of by A. Campbell Holms (1918)
"The reduction in freeboard for a complete superstructure increases gradually from 7 inches in a ... Precisely how much the freeboard may be reduced on their ..."
2. Handbook of Ship Calculations, Construction and Operation: A Book of by Charles Haynes Hughes (1917)
"Ft. Ins. freeboard by Plate 2, if of standard proportions, without erections ... 1 1^ freeboard of vessel without erections and with 391^ ins. mean sheer . ..."
3. A Manual of Naval Architecture for Use of Officers of the Royal Navy by William Henry White (1900)
"8 represents armoured and other vessels of high freeboard, in which the reserve of ... 9 represents ships of high freeboard and fine under-water form, ..."
4. The Design and Construction of Ships by Sir John Harvard Biles (1908)
"The deeper a vessel can load the less freeboard she has, and the more she can carry ; but this ... The freeboard may be so reduced that the vessel may sink. ..."
5. Merchant Vessels by Robert Riegel (1921)
"The " freeboard," accurately defined, is the height of the side of the ... The freeboard will naturally vary with the type and construction of the vessel. ..."
6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"There is a minimum height of freeboard which cannot be safely reduced in sea-going ships of ordinary fitment ; and it is desirable to fU this minimum height ..."