- (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
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Examples from the Web for carvel-built
When the plates of an iron vessel are flush, as in those that are carvel-built.
They are carvel-built—that is, the planks are placed as in a ship.Peter the Whaler
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.
A man-of-war's boat, resembling the pinnace, but rather smaller; it is carvel-built, and generally rowed with twelve oars.
- (of a vessel) having a hull with planks made flush at the seamsCompare clinker-built
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