Carling definition

kärlĭng, -lĭn
One of the short timbers running fore and aft that connect the transverse beams supporting the deck of a ship.
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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.
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(nautical) A piece of squared timber fitted fore-and-aft between the deck beams of a wooden ship to provide support for the deck planking.
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Alternative form of carlin (old woman)
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Alternative form of care, used in Carling Sunday or Care Sunday.
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Noun

Singular:
carling
Plural:
carlings

Origin of carling

  • Middle English from Old French calingue and from Old Norse kerling old woman (Old French) (from Old Norse)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse karling, feminine of karl (“carl”).

    From Wiktionary