Definition of Gunwale

1. Noun. Wale at the top of the side of boat; topmost planking of a wooden vessel.

Exact synonyms: Gun Rest, Gunnel
Generic synonyms: Strake, Wale

Definition of Gunwale

1. n. The upper edge of a vessel's or boat's side; the uppermost wale of a ship (not including the bulwarks); or that piece of timber which reaches on either side from the quarter-deck to the forecastle, being the uppermost bend, which finishes the upper works of the hull.

Definition of Gunwale

1. Noun. (nautical) The top edge of the hull of a nautical vessel, where it meets the deck. ¹

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Definition of Gunwale

1. the upper edge of a ship's side [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gunwale

gunstock deformity
gunter's line
gunter's quadrant
gunter's scale
gunter rig
gunter rigs
gunwale (current term)

Literary usage of Gunwale

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"After being steamed they are fitted into the boat, and as soon as each is in position, and before it cools, it is nailed fast with copper nails. The gunwale ..."

2. Practical Shipbuilding: A Treatise on the Structural Design and Building of by A. Campbell Holms (1918)
"The gunwale bar of the upper deck (also of awning, shelter and long bridge decks) is of heavier scantlings than those below, for it connects the important ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1831)
"10 gunwale, or GUNNEL, OF A SHIP, is that piece of timber which reaches, ... Tliis is called the gunwale, whether there be guns in the ship or not—The lower ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Bulkheads are next concreted and the boat finished with a wooden sheer strake and gunwale. In 1917 a concrete lighter was built at Pors- grund, Norway, ..."

5. Report on the Ship-building Industry of the United States by Henry Hall (1884)
"Its dimensions are: 59 feet in length, 8 feet beam on the gunwale, 4 feet 8 inches in ... The body of the boat to the gunwale is made from one solid log, ..."

6. Ships' Boats: Their Qualities, Construction, Equipment, and Launching Appliances by Ernest Walter Blocksidge (1920)
"They are each cut short to allow the solid gunwale to have a full ... The^box gunwale is more resilient than the solid gunwale, and transmits the stresses ..."

7. Iron edited by Sholto Percy, Perry Fairfax Nursey (1852)
"Mr. Arman has reduced the scantling ol these frames to 4J inches, from the floor limber to the gunwale. The stiffness of the vessel U alio increased in this ..."

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