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
Inside the tent was a flat hatch raised on a coaming a few inches above the floor.
Mah frend haz kitteh dhat askz fur habin brushing and coaming.
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.
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.
As John Paul retreated, he could feel his heel strike the coaming, or edge, of a hatchway.
The grenade glanced off the coaming around the hatch and tumbled below.
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.
A final effort, and he was up, lying on the safe side of the coaming and almost afraid to look at it.
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.
He jumped, caught the edge of the top of the gondola, and to his delight found it a small coaming.