Gunwale definition

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(nautical) The top edge of the hull of a nautical vessel, where it meets the deck.
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The upper edge of the side of a vessel.
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The upper edge of the side of a ship or boat.
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Noun

Singular:
gunwale
Plural:
gunwales

Origin of gunwale

  • So called because guns were mounted on it

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

  • From Middle English gonnewalle, itself from gonne (“gun”) + wale, as it used to support the ship's guns; equivalent to gun +‎ wale.

    From Wiktionary