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Meaning of gunwale

gun•wale

Pronunciation: (gun'l), [key]
— n. Naut.
  1. the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
  2. the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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