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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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