any of the short, wooden or metal pieces running fore and aft beneath the deck of a ship to provide additional support, as under masts, winches, etc.
Origin of carlingFrench carlingue ; from Old Norse kerling, literally , old woman: see carline
One of the short timbers running fore and aft that connect the transverse beams supporting the deck of a ship.
Origin of carlingMiddle English, from Old French calingue and from Old Norse kerling, old woman (Old French, from Old Norse).
From Old Norse karling, feminine of karl (“carl”).
- Alternative form of care, used in Carling Sunday or Care Sunday.