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)



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  • carlin

    June 25, 2011

  • "... short pieces of timber ranging fore and aft, from one of the deck beams to another, into which their ends are scored: they are used to sustain and fortify the smaller beams of the ship, and are exhibited in the deck. They are pieces of oak timber, about eight feet long and eight inches square, or more, used for the purpose of framing the partners."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 77

    October 14, 2008