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  • noun (Naut.) Same as gudgeon, 5.

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  • noun nautical Obsolete form of gudgeon.


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  • "GOODGEONS, or BRACES, certain clamps of iron, or other metal, bolted on the stern-post of a ship, whereon to hang the ruddger; for which purpose there is a hole in each of them, to receive a correspondent pintle, bolted on the back of the rudder, which turns thereby as upon hinges. There are generally four, five, or six goodgeons on a ship's stern-post and rudder, according to her size, and upon these the rudder is supported, and traverses from side to side as upon an axis."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 167

    See also gudgeon.

    October 14, 2008