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gunnel

1
[guhn-l]
noun
  1. any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), especially Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic.
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Origin of gunnel

1
First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain
Also called bracketed blenny.

gunnel

2
[guhn-l]
noun Nautical.
  1. gunwale.
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Origin of gunnel

2
1425–75; Middle English. See gunwale

gunwale

or gun·nel

[guhn-l]
noun Nautical.
  1. the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
  2. the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.
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Origin of gunwale

1325–75; Middle English. See gun1, wale1; a plank so called because guns were set upon it
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Historical Examples of gunnel

  • He was on the rope-ladder that dangled down in the air from the gunnel.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Here Lieutenant Gunnel was posted, with seven royal marines as a rear-guard.

    Our Sailors

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • He smiled as he stood on the gunnel, holding on by the main shrouds.

    The Phantom Ship

    Frederick Marryat

  • A man now made his appearance from over the gunnel, at the gangway.

    The Phantom Ship

    Frederick Marryat

  • Soe we are going to lose not only Mr. Clement, but Mr. Gunnel!


British Dictionary definitions for gunnel

gunnel

1
noun
  1. any eel-like blennioid fish of the family Pholidae, occurring in coastal regions of northern seasSee also butterfish
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Word Origin for gunnel

C17: of unknown origin

gunnel

2
noun
  1. a variant spelling of gunwale
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Word Origin for gunnel

C15: from gun + wale 1 from its use to support guns

gunwale

gunnel

noun
  1. nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
  2. full to the gunwales completely full; full to overflowing
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Word Origin and History for gunnel

n.

small marine fish, 1680s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Cornish.

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gunwale

n.

mid-15c., gonne walle, from gun (n.) + wale "plank" (see wale). Originally a platform on the deck of a ship to support the mounted guns.

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