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Navy Lingo

TermDefinition
Adrift Loose from moorings and out of control (applied to anything lost, out of hand or left lying about)
Aft-End Near or towards the stern of the vessel
All-Hands The entire ship's company, both officer and enlisted
Allotment An amount of money a member has coming out of his regular pay
Aye- Aye Reply to an order or command meaning "I understand and will comply"
Barracks Building where sailors live
Brightwork Brass or shiny metal kept polished rather than painted
Bunk or Rack Bed
Buoy An anchored float used as an aid to navigation or to mark the location of an object
Carry On An order to resume work or duties
Cast Off To throw off, to let go, or to unfurl
Chain Locker Compartment in which anchor chain is stowed
Chit, Chit book Coupon or receipt book
Chow Hall (mess hall) Place to eat
Colors Raising or lowering if a national flag, ceremonies held at 0800 and sunset for hoisting and halting down the national ensign
Deep Six To dispose of by throwing over the side
Ensign National flag ; commissioned officer between the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and Lieutenant Junior Grade
Fast Snugly secured
fathom A unit of length equal to 6 feet used for measuring the depth of water
Field Day General cleaning day, usually the day before an inspection
First Lieutenant Officer responsible to the OX for the deck department/division aboard ship, or command maintenance
Flag Officer Any Commissioned Officer above pay grade 0-7 or above
Galley Kitchen
Gangway An opening in a bulwark or lifeline that provides access to a brow or accommodation ladder; an order meaning to clear the way
Gear Locker Storage room
Geedunk Candy, gum, or cafeteria
General Quarters Battle stations
Ground Tackle All the equipment used in mooring or anchoring a ship
Hatch Door
Head Bathroom
Jack Box Access box to sound-powered phone circuitry
Ladder A device to allow movement of personnel from one level to another; stairs
Leave Authorized vacation
Liberty Permission to leave the base usually for not more than 48 hours
Lifeline Lines erected around the weathercocks of a ship to prevent personnel from falling or being washed over the side
Overhead Ceiling
Passageway Hallway
Quarters Assembling of all hands for muster instruction and inspection
Rating A job or specialty title
Reveilles Wake up, start a new day
Scullery Place to wash dishes
Scuttlebutt Drinking fountain or a rumor
Secure Lock, put away or stop work
Sickbay Hospital or Medical clinic
Swab Mop
Taps Time to sleep, end of the day
Tattoo Five minutes before taps
Topside Upstairs
Turn To Begin work
Working Aloft Working above the highest deck; generally performing maintenance to the ship's mast
Created by: zoehaley