[ kahr-vuhl-bilt ]

  1. (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

Words Nearby carvel-built Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use carvel-built in a sentence

  • This offers less resistance, and before long builders constructed so-called ‘gigs’ for racing purposes, which were carvel built.

    Boating | W. B. Woodgate
  • A boat is carvel-built when the planks are laid edge to edge so that they present a smooth surface without.

  • One of them was her own, a heavy white boat, carvel built, with high freeboard.

    The Island Mystery | George A. Birmingham
  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for carvel-built


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

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