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}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Gunnel — Gun nel, n. [See {Gunwale}.] 1. A gunwale. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A small, eel shaped, marine fish of the genus {Mur[ae]noides}; esp., {M. gunnellus} of Europe and America; called also {gunnel fish}, {butterfish}, {rock eel}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gunnel — can be:*an alternative spelling of gunwale, a nautical term describing the top edge of the side of a boat.*a kind of fish: the Pholidae …   Wikipedia

  • Gunnel — Gunnel, Fisch, so v.w. Gunellus …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • gunnel — small marine fish, 1680s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Cornish …   Etymology dictionary

  • gunnel — ► NOUN ▪ an elongated marine fish with a dorsal fin running along most of the back. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • gunnel — gunnel1 [gun′əl] n. [< ?] any of a family (Pholidae) of elongated percoid fishes of northern seas gunnel2 [gun′əl] n. alt. sp. of GUNWALE …   English World dictionary

  • gunnel — gunnel1 /gun l/, n. any small eellike blenny of the family Pholididae (Pholidae), esp. Pholis gunnellus (rock gunnel), common in shallow waters of the North Atlantic. Also called bracketed blenny. [1680 90; orig. uncert.] gunnel2 /gun l/, n. Naut …   Universalium

  • gunnel — UK [ˈɡʌn(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms gunnel : singular gunnel plural gunnels a gunwale …   English dictionary

  • gunnel — I. variant of gunwale II. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1740 a small slimy eellike bony fish (Pholis gunnellus) of the North Atlantic; broadly any fish of the family (Pholidae) to which the gunnel belongs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gunnel — 1) the upper edge of the side of a boat or ship (formerly used to support guns, hence the name). Also spelled gunwhale but pronounced gunnel 2) a common name for members of the fish family Pholidae …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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