Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

coaming

[koh-ming] /ˈkoʊ mɪŋ/
noun
1.
a raised border around an opening in a deck, roof, or floor, designed to prevent water from running below.
Origin of coaming
1605-1615
1605-15; earlier coming, apparently equivalent to comb1 (in the sense of ‘crest’) + -ing1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for coaming
Historical Examples
  • Then he climbed over the coaming and joined the men in the dory.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The coaming was riddled as the deadly hail moved toward the bow.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The Richard dipped with a swerve which threw him violently against the coaming.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Marston, who sat on the yacht's coaming, splicing a rope, trusted Wyndham far.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • Draw that box out and sit down beneath the coaming if you mean to stay.

    The Protector Harold Bindloss
  • He sat beneath the coaming, as far as he could get out of the bitter wind.

  • Saving a little wrench when we hauled the cot over the coaming of the deck-house door, the poor man was put to no pain.

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • I handed her up the last of the jars, and grasped the coaming of the hatch to clamber on to the deck, for the cargo came high.

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • I looked round to make sure that it were empty, then sneaks up and looks aft with my chin no higher than the coaming.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • There was a dark stain on the bare plank close against the coaming or ledge of the door of the Captain's cabin.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
British Dictionary definitions for coaming

coaming

/ˈkəʊmɪŋ/
noun
1.
a raised frame around the cockpit or hatchway of a vessel for keeping out water
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for coaming
n.

1610s, nautical, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for coaming

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for coaming

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for coaming