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1 The upward curve of the deck of a ship towards the bows and stern, with the lowest point in the waist. Reverse sheer, a downward curve of the deck level towards the bows and stern, the highest deck level being amidships. Some yachts have been built to this principle to provide more headroom below deck.

2 The angle which a ship takes to its cable when lying to an anchor, caused by the effects of wind and/or tide.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

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