scuttle

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scuttle

1
the part of a motor-car body lying immediately behind the bonnet

scuttle

2
Nautical a small hatch or its cover

Scuttle

A small opening in a ceiling or roof; usually installed on top of a built-up frame.

scuttle

[′skəd·əl]
(building construction)
An opening in the ceiling to provide access to the attic or roof.

scuttle

A hatchway or opening through a roof-deck or ceiling for access purposes, with a lid for covering it.
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Then Wolf Larsen's other hand reached up and clutched the edge of the scuttle. The mass swung clear of the ladder, the men still clinging to their escaping foe.
All this time, you should know, the Covenant was meeting continual head-winds and tumbling up and down against head-seas, so that the scuttle was almost constantly shut, and the forecastle lighted only by a swinging lantern on a beam.
"As Barbicane was about leaving the window to open the opposite scuttle, his attention was attracted by the approach of a brilliant object.