gunwale

or gun·nel

[ guhn-l ]
/ ˈgʌn l /
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noun Nautical.

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

1325–75; Middle English. See gun1, wale1; a plank so called because guns were set upon it
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British Dictionary definitions for gunwale

gunwale

gunnel

/ (ˈɡʌnəl) /

noun

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

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