Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, the gunwale; a timber carried round the ship which covers and secures the timber-heads. Also called covering-board.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Shipbuilding) The course of plank laid horizontally over the timberheads of a vessel's frame.
“Her plank-sheer amidships was awash, and the water rolling in a green body from starboard to port and back again.”
“The _Woodville_ rose till her plank-sheer was even with the surface of the water.”
“As Spike uttered this order, his foot was on the plank-sheer of the bulwarks, in the act of passing to the wharf again.”
“Spike, he sat down on the plank-sheer where he had stood, and remained there ruminating intently for two or three minutes.”
“The cracking of timbers told him that all was over with the Swash, nor had he got back as far as the gangway with his prize, before he saw plainly that the vessel had broken her back, as it is termed, and that her plank-sheer was opening in a way that threatened to permit a separation of the craft into two sections, one forward and the other aft.”
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