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gun·nel 1

Any of various small, elongated fishes of the family Pholidae, common in the tidal pools and coastal waters of northern seas.

[Origin unknown.]

gun·nel 2

Variant of gunwale.
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(Animals) any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seas. See also butterfish
[C17: of unknown origin]


(Nautical Terms) a variant spelling of gunwale
[C15: from gun + wale1 from its use to support guns]
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(ˈgʌn l)

any small eellike percoid fish of the family Pholidae, esp. Pholis gunnellus, of the N Atlantic.
[1680–90; orig. uncertain]


(ˈgʌn l)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gunnel - wale at the top of the side of boatgunnel - 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
2.gunnel - small eellike fishes common in shallow waters of the northern Atlanticgunnel - small eellike fishes common in shallow waters of the northern Atlantic
blennioid, blennioid fish - elongated mostly scaleless marine fishes with large pectoral fins and reduced pelvic fins
family Pholidae, family Pholididae, Pholidae - a family of fish of suborder Blennioidea
Pholis gunnellus, rock gunnel, butterfish - slippery scaleless food fish of the northern Atlantic coastal waters
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References in classic literature ?
But he put his foot on the gunnel and rocked her, and shook his head, and said he reckoned he'd look around for a bigger one.
The first man they laid hold of was an English seaman, a stout, strong fellow, who having a musket in his hand, never offered to fire it, but laid it down in the boat, like a fool, as I thought; but he understood his business better than I could teach him, for he grappled the Pagan, and dragged him by main force out of their boat into ours, where, taking him by the ears, he beat his head so against the boat's gunnel that the fellow died in his hands.
Slat 'em off ag'in' the gunnel, an' bait up, Harve.
But Friday, a lusty, strong fellow, took the Spaniard upon his back, and carried him away to the boat, and set him down softly upon the side or gunnel of the canoe, with his feet in the inside of it; and then lifting him quite in, he set him close to his father; and presently stepping out again, launched the boat off, and paddled it along the shore faster than I could walk, though the wind blew pretty hard too; so he brought them both safe into our creek, and leaving them in the boat, ran away to fetch the other canoe.
Also, the AGM re-elected Helene Barnekow, Peter Boggs, Gunnel Duveblad, Stefan Lundborg and Anders Strom as directors of the company.
The next generation of the Crestliner Fish Hawk (four models from 16 feet 9 inches to 19 feet 6 inches) features a new gunnel design, ample rod storage, optional jump seats, and a redesigned console.
The entire top assembly from the gunnel cap, inside liner and decks, and even the center console is constructed out of a single unit and bonded to the hull.
"I wanted to get up and get on top of the gunnel because it was thrashing around madly.
He was eventually able to climb onto the gunwale (top edge also known as a gunnel) of the boat where he radioed for help.
Now, in this finely detailed and nuanced study, Gunnel Cederlof adds much to our understanding of the reach of the early colonial state in India by examining how on the ground the East India Company sought to govern new territories and peoples in areas that lay beyond the eastern frontiers of Bengal.
Stress-strain data from uniaxial tensile tests show that hagfish skins are comparable in tensile strength and stiffness to the taut skins of elongate fishes that do not engage in knotting behaviors (e.g., sea lamprey and penpoint gunnel).
Neighbourhood Sergeant Andy Dark and PC Chris Gunnel will be logged on and ready to take questions from the local community between 6pm and 8pm.