from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Nautical The rail around the stern of a vessel.
- n. Nautical The flat upper part of the stern of a vessel, made of wood and often richly carved.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The curved wooden top of the stern of a sailing man-of-war or East Indiaman, usually carved or decorated.
- n. The rail around the stern of a ship.
- n. The deck area at the stern of a vessel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The upper part of a ship's stern, which is flat like a table on the top, and sometimes ornamented with carved work; the rail around a ship's stern.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as tafferel; now, as commonly understood (from confusion with the word rail), the rail across the stern of a vessel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the railing around the stern of a ship
Alteration of tafferel, carved panel, from Dutch tafereel, panel for carving or painting, from Middle Dutch tafeleel, tafereel, from Old French tablel; see tableau.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
By false alteration of either tafferel or aft + rail. (Wiktionary)