- the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
- the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.
Origin of gunwale
Examples from the Web for gunwale
Historical Examples of gunwale
I made a grab at the gunwale, and caught it in the stern-sheets.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Others of the head hunters were scrambling over the gunwale.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
The drift of the boat had brought us so close that he could have grasped the gunwale had he been so minded.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Madden seized it, whispered his own name and scuttled in over the gunwale.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Two had been sitting on the gunwale of it, and now lay down.A Spirit in Prison
- nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
- full to the gunwales completely full; full to overflowing