Part of speech: noun

The upper edge of a vessel's side.

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Usage examples "gunwale":

  1. Then two heavy poles are bent on each side from stem to stern and lashed to the ends of the ribs, forming the gunwale. - "Bring Me His Ears", Clarence E. Mulford.
  2. If he is a good one you will need to sit back and snub the line over the gunwale in that first plunge which follows the stab of the hook. - "Old Plymouth Trails", Winthrop Packard.
  3. It did not come quite near enough, but the disappointed woman, becoming desperate, suddenly put her foot on the gunwale, stood up at full length, and stretched out her arms. - "The Lifeboat", R.M. Ballantyne.