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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.]
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(ˈɡʌnəl) or


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
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or gun•nel

(ˈgʌn l)

the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
[1425–75; late Middle English gunne whele; see gun1, wale]
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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
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[ˈgʌnl] Nborda f, regala f
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[ˈgʌnl] n (Naut) → falchetta
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They would grapple the oars, and seizing hold of the gunwhale, capsize the boat, and then we should be entirely at their mercy.
He seized the gunwhale, but the knives of our rowers so mauled his wrists, that he was forced to quit his hold, and the next minute we were past them all, and in safety.
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The grandmother is the source of the speaker's fascination with rivers; in the second "Grandmother," she is remembered "Lifting [her] skirts, stepping into a boat, / the gunwhale [sic] tipped to your weight and sloshed back." It seems significant that the next poem, "Hell Roaring Creek," contains the sentence, "We're talking erosion / and forgiveness," because many of the poems center on cold relations among family members and forgiveness of whatever force causes a talented and troubled brother to disappear, first mentally, then physically.
The boat has easy access for people not so young by having a side opening door on the gunwhale.