from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Scots A woman, especially an old one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Carline thistle.
- n. A woman; a hag or witch.
- n. A piece of squared timber fitted fore-and-aft between the deck beams of a wooden ship to provide support for the deck planking.
- n. A line of automobiles awaiting access to the same building or similar location.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A silver coin once current in some parts of Italy, worth about seven cents.
- n. A short timber running lengthwise of a ship, from one transverse desk beam to another; also, one of the cross timbers that strengthen a hath; -- usually in pl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See carlin.
- n. Same as carlino
- Belonging to the genus Carlina: as, the carline thistle.
- n. A kind of thistle, Carlina vulgaris or C. acaulis. See Carlina.
- n. A piece of timber in a ship, ranging fore and aft from one deck-beam to another, and forming with the beams a framing for the deck-planks to rest upon.
- n. A transverse iron or wooden bar placed across the top of a railroad-car from side to side to support the roof-boards. Sometimes called a rafter.
- n. A Russian game of billiards which employs five balls, one of them blue and another black or yellow.
Middle English kerling, from Old Norse, from karl, man.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse karling, feminine of karl ("carl"). (Wiktionary)
car + line (Wiktionary)