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A quarter of a circle.
A long pole used for pushing a boat through shallow water. The quant of a Norfolk wherry had a shoulder pad at the upper end and a fork at the lower end. The wherryman would engage the fork in the mud and then walk from a bow to the stern, pushing the boat as he did so.
Chatterton points out that the ancient Greek word for quant was used by Homer: Greek galleys of about 500BC typically used three quants in shallow water and windless calms.
n Mercy toward a surrendering enemy; respect for a flag of truce; care and consideration toward prisoners of war.
n In the plural, living space within the ship.
Throughout history the aftermost part of the ship has been the centre of control and command.
During the Age of Sail, when ships were built with high fighting castles forward and aft the quarterdeck (which occupied about a quarter of the ship's length aft) was raised above the level of the main deck as a sterncastle. It was where the officers controlled the ship and where the wheel, or tiller, or whip staff, was located.
Over the centuries the castles became lower, and eventually they disappeared.
The 'quarterdeck' is now a ceremonial part of the ship; the officers control the ship from the bridge.
Naval officers and ratings salute the quarterdeck (actually, the ensign on the quarterstaff) when boarding the ship.
This word has many meanings, depending on the country and service.
A structure built upon solid foundations for embarking and disembarking passengers and for loading and unloading cargo. A quay is usually associated with buildings for storage, sale of goods, accommodation, customs posts.
n An orderly line of people each awaiting their turn to be seen or to buy goods.
Unknown in Asia, scorned in Europe, tolerated in the USA and popular in England.
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