crow's-nest definition

  • noun:
    • A small lookout platform with a protective railing and windscreen, positioned near the top of a ship's mast or superstructure.
    • an identical lookout platform positioned ashore.
    • alternate spelling of crow's-nest.
    • A box or system near the top of a mast, esp. in whalers, to shelter the person on the lookout.
    • A barrel or field fitted through to the maintopmast-crosstrees or maintopgallant-crosstrees of an arctic or whaling vessel, for protection associated with the search man. Also known as bird's-nest.
    • See Cycadeoidea.
    • system for a lookout at or nearby the top of a mast

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