freeboard

[ free-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈfriˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

noun

Nautical.
  1. the distance between the level of the water and the upper surface of the freeboard deck amidships at the side of a hull: regulated by the agencies of various countries according to the construction of the hull, the type of cargo carried, the area of the world in which it sails, the type of water, and the season of the year.Compare load line.
  2. (on a cargo vessel) the distance between the uppermost deck considered fully watertight and the official load line.
  3. the portion of the side of a hull that is above the water.
Civil Engineering. the height of the watertight portion of a building or other construction above a given level of water in a river, lake, etc.

QUIZZES

BECOME A PRO CHEF WITH THIS EXQUISITE CUISINE QUIZ!

Even if you can't be a professional chef, you can at least talk like one with this vocabulary quiz.
Question 1 of 9
You may have read the word "simmer" in a recipe or two, but what does it really mean?

Origin of freeboard

1670–80; free + board; translation of French franc bord
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for freeboard

British Dictionary definitions for freeboard

freeboard
/ (ˈfriːˌbɔːd) /

noun

the space or distance between the deck of a vessel and the waterline
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