Now Rare the lowest deck of a ship with four or more decks
Origin of orlopMiddle English ouerlop ; from Dutch overloop ; from over, over + loopen, to run (see leap): so called because it covers the hold
The lowest deck of a ship, especially a warship, having at least four decks.
Origin of orlopMiddle English overlop, floor covering a ship's hold, from Middle Low German overl&omacron;p : over, over; see uper in Indo-European roots + l&omacron;p, a running.
Middle English overlop (“deck of a single decker"), from Middle Low German overlop (“which leaps overhead").