Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A raised rim or border around an opening, as in a ship's deck, designed to keep out water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. On a boat, the vertical side of above-deck structures, such as the coach roof, hatch, and cockpit.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, one of the raised borders or edges of the hatches, designed to prevent water on deck from running below.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a raised framework around a hatchway on a ship to keep water out

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Inside the tent was a flat hatch raised on a coaming a few inches above the floor.

    Worldshaker

  • Mah frend haz kitteh dhat askz fur habin brushing and coaming.

    Do not get wet…. - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • One of the guards pulled the hatch door open, and Adama stepped over the lip of the coaming and into the room President Roslin and her aide had set up as a temporary office.

    Battlestar Galactica

  • But I leaned far over to my left and stuck my head over the coaming and banked the Pitts a little to port and then I saw what was going on.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • As John Paul retreated, he could feel his heel strike the coaming, or edge, of a hatchway.

    John Paul Jones

  • The grenade glanced off the coaming around the hatch and tumbled below.

    John Paul Jones

  • Despite the closed hatches and the raised coaming of the hatch to the captain's quarters, a thin sheet of gray-blue water poured across the wooden deck of the captain's cabin. the Silberwelle continued to ride through a series of maneuvers, combining a slight tendency to corkscrew with irregular pitching of decreasing intensity.

    The Shadow Sorceress

  • A final effort, and he was up, lying on the safe side of the coaming and almost afraid to look at it.

    Exodus From The Long Sun

  • The noise entered his consciousness as he scrambled frantically up the clinker-laid planks, hooking his leg over the coaming when the slow roll favored him most.

    Exodus From The Long Sun

  • He jumped, caught the edge of the top of the gondola, and to his delight found it a small coaming.

    Exodus From The Long Sun

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  • A raised rim of vertical plating around a hatchway to prevent the entrance of water, the upper edge of which forms a seal with the hatch-lid or cover.

    August 25, 2009

  • The cargo chains groaned in the gins, clinked on coamings, rattled over the side; and the whole ship quivered, with her long gray flanks smoking in wreaths of steam.

    - Conrad, Typhoon

    March 26, 2008

  • "'...I am quite dry; and was you to put your nose above the coaming and look at the dog-vane, you would see why.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Truelove, 209

    March 11, 2008