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gunwale

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noun gun·wale \ˈgə-nəl\

Simple Definition of gunwale

  • : the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gunwale

  1. :  the upper edge of a ship's or boat's side

to the gunwales

  1. :  as full as possible

Variants of gunwale

also

gunnel

Origin and Etymology of gunwale

Middle English gonne-wale, from gonne gun + 1wale; from its former use as a support for guns


First Known Use: 15th century


GUNWALE Defined for Kids

gunwale

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noun gun·wale \ˈgə-nəl\

Definition of gunwale for Students

  1. :  the upper edge of a ship's side




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