Widow's walk

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Widow's walk

A rooftop platform or narrow walkway, used originally as a lookout for incoming ships in colonial coastal houses.

widow’s walk

A flat roof deck or raised observation platform sometimes having a view of the sea, situated on the roof of a house and enclosed by a balustrade or railing; the horizontal roof surface is usually formed by truncating the top of a hipped roof; also called a captain’s walk.