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coaming (plural coamings)

  1. (nautical) On a boat, the vertical side of above-deck structures, such as the coach roof, hatch, and cockpit.
  2. A raised frame, designed to deflect or prevent entry of water, around an opening (e.g., a hatch or skylight) in a flat surface, such as a roof or deck.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.92:
      Creepers threaded the wrecked windows of the coaches, ancient and chalky brown with their riveted seams and welted coamings like something proofed for descents into the sea.


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