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[guhn-l] /ˈgʌn l/

noun, Nautical.
the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.
(nautical) the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
full to the gunwales, completely full; full to overflowing

mid-15c., gonne walle, from gun (n.) + wale “plank” (see wale). Originally a platform on the deck of a ship to support the mounted guns.


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