Nautical words

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Absolute Total Loss. Complete destruction, or removal, of ship or goods from hands of owners; or such a change in them that they cease to be what they were. Term is used, also, in assess­ment of loss of ship; absolute loss including loss of freight that ship was earning.

Absorption Coefficient. Amount of radiation absorbed by a given surface when expressed as a proportion of the radiation falling on it.

Absorptive Power. Rate at which radiant energy is absorbed at surface of a body. Varies with temperature and wavelength of the energy.

A-Burton. Stowage of casks, barrels, etc., so that they lie length­wise athwartships.

Abyss. That volume of ocean lying below 300 fathoms from surface.

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