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1. Loose packing material used to protect a ship's cargo from damage during transport.
2. Personal baggage.
[Middle English dennage, from Middle Dutch denne, flooring of a ship.]
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(Nautical Terms) loose material used for packing cargo
[C14: of uncertain origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. baggage or personal effects.
2. loose material laid beneath or wedged among objects carried by ship or rail to prevent injury from chafing or moisture or to provide ventilation.
[1615–25; earlier dynnage; compare Anglo-Latin dennagium dunnage]
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Dunnagebaggage; clothes collectively—Slang Dictionary, 1874.
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