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.
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How to use gunwale in a sentence
An outfitter named Craig had rented me the 15-foot canoe with a broken thwart, splintering gunwales, and the tanker toilet.He Divorced Me on Land—but I Left My Marriage on the River | jversteegh | February 1, 2022 | Outside Online
Amy, who was strong and quick, reached over the gunwale of the canoe and seized upon the crooked figure.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
We went on board the Danish ship, for there was not enough sea to prevent our lying gunwale to gunwale for a moment.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
On either side of the gunwale aft is fitted a brass crutch for supporting the main boom when the vessel is at anchor (fig. 21).Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
Then passed rafts of wood interminably long, and barges loaded to the gunwale, and nearly sinking under water.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
Déruchette heard the sound of the boat-hook among the shingle, and the step of the man on the gunwale of the boat.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for gunwale
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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