freeboard definition by Webster's New World
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the distance from the main deck or gunwale to the waterline of a ship
freeboard definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Nautical The distance between the water line and the freeboard deck of a ship.
- The distance between normal water level and the top of a structure, such as a dam, that impounds or restrains water.
- The distance between the ground and the undercarriage of an automobile.
Origin: Probably ultimately partial translation of Anglo-Norman franc bord, land claimed outside the fence of a park or forest : franc, free + bord, bort, border; see border.