gunwale


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gun·wale

also gun·nel  (gŭn′əl)
n. Nautical
The upper edge of the side of a vessel. See Usage Note at boatswain.

[So called because guns were mounted on it.]

gunwale

(ˈɡʌnəl) or

gunnel

n
1. (Nautical Terms) nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
2. full to the gunwales completely full; full to overflowing

gun•wale

or gun•nel

(ˈgʌn l)

n.
the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
[1425–75; late Middle English gunne whele; see gun1, wale]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gunwale - wale at the top of the side of boatgunwale - wale at the top of the side of boat; topmost planking of a wooden vessel
strake, wale - thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship
Translations

gunwale

[ˈgʌnl] Nborda f, regala f

gunwale

[ˈgʌnl] n (Naut) → falchetta
References in classic literature ?
The best he could do was to get Elijah's head and shoulders on top the gunwale.
Should a surge throw the canoe upon its side and endanger its overturn, those to windward lean over the upper gunwale, thrust their paddles deep into the wave, apparently catch the water and force it under the canoe, and by this action not merely regain III an equilibrium, but give their bark a vigorous impulse forward.
Lower and lower sank her gunwale as we dropped aboard her, with no more care than the Gadarene swine whose fate we courted.
The ape-man's fingers slipped from their hold upon the gunwale.
Outside of the bulwarks their eager crews with one hand clung to the rail, while one foot was expectantly poised on the gunwale.
I crawled along the boat to them, intending to help Helmar by grasping the sailor's leg; but the sailor stumbled with the swaying of the boat, and the two fell upon the gunwale and rolled overboard together.
cried a second to another, which, close to our gunwale, seemed calmly cooling himself with his own fan-like extremity.
A stout puff filled it and suddenly pressed the lee gunwale down till a couple of buckets of water came inboard.
In a minute more we stood on the quay, within a step of the gunwale of the boat.
Huck was sitting on the gunwale of a flatboat, list- lessly dangling his feet in the water and looking very melancholy.
The old man contorted himself aboard, rolling his body across the gunwale so quickly, that, even while it started to capsize, his weight was across the danger-point and counterbalancing the canoe to its proper equilibrium.
The submarine was withdrawing toward the north, but all the time it was shelling the open boats, three of them, loaded to the gunwales with survivors.