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definition of the word galley

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Galley of the trawler O129.Amandine

First coined 1300, from Middle English galeie < Latin galea < Medieval Greek γαλέα (galea) of unknown origin, probably from Ancient Greek γαλέη (galeē), a kind of a small fish, < γαλεός (galeos), dog-fish or small shark)



galley (plural galleys)

Galley of the Austrian passenger ship S.S. Africa at the mediterranian sea about 1905.
  1. (nautical) A vessel propelled by oars, whether having masts and sails or not
  2. (military) A large vessel for war and national purposes; -- common in the Middle Ages, and down to the 17th century.
  3. (nautical) A name given by analogy to the Greek, Roman, and other ancient vessels propelled by oars.
  4. (UK) A light, open boat used on the Thames by customhouse officers, press gangs, and also for pleasure.
  5. (nautical) One of the small boats carried by a man-of-war.
  6. (nautical) The cookroom or kitchen and cooking apparatus of a vessel or aircraft; -- sometimes on merchant vessels called the caboose.
  7. An oblong oven or muffle with a battery of retorts; a gallery furnace.
  8. An oblong tray of wood or brass, with upright sides, for holding type which has been set, or is to be made up, etc.
  9. A proof sheet taken from type while on a galley; a galley proof.

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