from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical The distance between the water line and the freeboard deck of a ship.
- n. The distance between normal water level and the top of a structure, such as a dam, that impounds or restrains water.
- n. The distance between the ground and the undercarriage of an automobile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vertical distance between the waterline and the uppermost watertight deck of a vessel.
- n. The distance between a water level and the top of something that contains or restrains it (such as a dam).
- n. The distance between the top of sea ice and the water level.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A margin of ground, specified in some cases as two and a half feet in width, in other cases much more, claimed beyond or outside of a fence which incloses a place, as a park or forest.
Probably ultimately partial translation of Anglo-Norman franc bord, land claimed outside the fence of a park or forest : franc, free + bord, bort, border; see border.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)