gunwale

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

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gunwale (plural gunwales)

  1. (nautical) The top edge of the hull of a nautical vessel, where it meets the deck.

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  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967