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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.


(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]


(ˈgʌn l)

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


(ˈgʌn l)

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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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.
Gunnels are designed to maximize interior space and fishing room.
"As a Nuclear Safety-Related Precast Concrete project, it was a challenge to meet all the requirements, but Tindall was up to the task," adds Carolina Energy Principal Mechanical Engineer Tim Gunnels, characterizing the team as "very professional, responsive, and thorough throughout the process.
Like all VW cars today the Golf range is packed to the gunnels with safety and security features like antilock braking, electronic stability control, cruise control, automatic postcollision braking system, ample airbags and much more.
"Mini and junior sections at clubs are packed to the gunnels on a Sunday morning now because they are making a decision that even though there is a bit of risk involved in this game - perhaps a little bit more than other games - the benefits for the child and the benefits and values the game stands for are worth buying into," Cosslett said.
It's not going to happen!'" Sanders' longtime policy director Warren Gunnels was quoted as saying by ( Vox .
Flow high are my gunnels? Where am I going to store my primary gaff?
It was packed to the gunnels with memorabilia and the fact it was all hidden away was probably a reflection on what had gone on before.
Data on strength and stiffness as measured from the hagfish and gunnels were organized by anatomical location (head or tail) and the direction of force (longitudinal or circumferential).