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Definition of galley:

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


cookhouse, ship's galley, caboose, cabin car, galleon, kitchen, tender.

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