from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a vessel's side between water line and gunwale.


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  • “shellback,” one who had been steeped in and saturated with every sea, was “giving the sea best,” nerve-shaken, so he said — and yet sailing a cutter with but 3 or 4 inches of free board “single-handed.”

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber


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