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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gunwale  \Gun"wale\,  n.  [Gun  +  wale.  So  named  because  the  upper 
  guns  were  pointed  from  it.]  (Naut.) 
  The  upper  edge  of  a  vessel's  or  boat's  side  the  uppermost 
  wale  of  a  ship  (not  including  the  bulwarks);  or  that  piece  of 
  timber  which  reaches  on  either  side  from  the  quarter-deck  to 
  the  forecastle,  being  the  uppermost  bend,  which  finishes  the 
  upper  works  of  the  hull.  [Written  also  {gunnel}.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gunwale 
  n  :  top  of  the  side  of  boat;  topmost  plank  of  a  wooden  vessel 
  [syn:  {gunnel},  {gun  rest}] 




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