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[kahr-vuh l-bilt] /ˈkɑr vəlˌbɪlt/
(of a ship's hull) formed of planks laid close on the frames so as to present a smooth exterior.
Compare clinker-built (def 2).
Origin of carvel-built
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When the plates of an iron vessel are flush, as in those that are carvel-built.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They are carvel-built—that is, the planks are placed as in a ship.

    Peter the Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • They were all carvel-built boats, and the bows of each were armed with a broad sheet of copper as a protection from the ice.

    The Great Frozen Sea Albert Hastings Markham
  • Either clincher or carvel-built, no jib-stay, the jib hoisting and hanging by the halliards alone.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A man-of-war's boat, resembling the pinnace, but rather smaller; it is carvel-built, and generally rowed with twelve oars.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The cutters for ships of the line are carvel-built of 25 feet, and fit for anchor work.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A boat is carvel-built when the planks are laid edge to edge so that they present a smooth surface without.

British Dictionary definitions for carvel-built


(of a vessel) having a hull with planks made flush at the seams Compare clinker-built
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