from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the short timbers running fore and aft that connect the transverse beams supporting the deck of a ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. Alternative form of carlin (old woman)
- n. Alternative form of care, used in Carling Sunday or Care Sunday.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Sunday before Palm Sunday; the fifth Sunday in Lent, commonly known as Passion Sunday. It was an old custom to eat a certain kind of peas on that day.
- n. [l. c] plural The peas eaten on Passion Sunday; “grey peas steeped all night in water, and fried next day in butter” (Brockett).
- n. See carline.
Middle English, from Old French calingue and from Old Norse kerling, old woman (Old French, from Old Norse).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse karling, feminine of karl ("carl"). (Wiktionary)