any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus(rock gunnel, orbutterfish ), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.
- Also called brack·et·ed blen·ny.
How to use gunnel in a sentence
So maybe you don’t want to be out there with a sledgehammer in the winter breaking ice off the gunnels.
One would think that the ballast of the ship was shifted with us, and that our Constitution had the gunnel under water.Thoughts on the Present Discontents | Edmund Burke
A fisherman stood in the bow and pulled the line up from the bottom over a lignumvitæ roller fixed in the bow-gunnel.The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
Now hard-a-port still—for we've the gunnel Dogs somewhere there to leeward, and they're worse almost than Hell-deeps.'Major Vigoureux | A. T. Quiller-Couch
North of the gunnel here there's an eddy slack where the tides meet, and you may count on thirty fathoms.'Major Vigoureux | A. T. Quiller-Couch
She is 50 feet long, 12 feet wide—the gunnels and gunnel plank are oak, and the rest of her poplar.Pittsburgh in 1816 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for gunnel (1 of 2)
any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seas: See also butterfish
British Dictionary definitions for gunnel (2 of 2)
a variant spelling of gunwale
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