bottom (n.) Old form(s): bottome , Bottomes
[nautical: keel, hull] ship, vessel
H5 III.chorus.12[Chorus] behold the threaden sails ... / Draw the huge bottoms through the furrowed sea
KJ II.i.73[Chatillon to King Phillip, of the English army] a braver choice of dauntless spirits / Than now the English bottoms have waft o'er / Did never float upon the swelling tide
MV I.i.42[Antonio to Salerio] My ventures are not in one bottom trusted [i.e. ship's hold]
TN V.i.54[Orsino to Viola as Cesario, of Antonio] such scatheful grapple did he make / With the most noble bottom of our fleet
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