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  • n. Plural form of gunwale.


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  • To pounce upon those boats, rush them afloat, and then tumble helter-skelter in over the gunwales was the work of seconds only; then, throwing out the oars, away we went for the pirate schooner, keeping well apart, in case of a treacherous resumption of firing on the part of the pirates.

    A Middy of the King A Romance of the Old British Navy

  • Just drink up and get yourself loaded to the gunwales.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • The real Castle of Otranto, built by the Aragonese who eventually repelled the Turks, is a photogenic, perfectly preserved, white fortress, with turrets and gunwales and surrounded by a waterless moat and accessible only by drawbridge.

    Nina Burleigh: Remembering Too Well

  • Casualties would have been catastrophic using the underpowered boats with deep-vee bottoms and high gunwales that the U.S. Navy had preferred on the eve of the war.

    America's Unsung War Heroes

  • They rushed the gunwales of the Cormorant, and their skeletal fingernails clawed its boards.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • They clambered up the gunwales and vaulted over the rails and shambled across the decks—only to drop into a clever set of trapdoors.

    GuildWars Edge of Destiny

  • Gideon knelt, ducking below the gunwales of the speedboat.

    Gideon’s war

  • Kwikpak, picked up the first low hills on the northern bank, and for half a thousand miles, in skin canoes loaded to the gunwales with trade-goods and ammunition, fought their way against the five-knot current of a river that ran from two to ten miles wide in a channel many fathoms deep.

    Lost Face

  • As they headed in for the sandspit, the submerged salmon boat could be seen, gunwales awash and held up from sinking by ropes fast to the schooner and the sloop.

    Chapter 11

  • So French banks in particular are loaded to the gunwales with bonds that won't float.

    The Culture War Over Europe's Money


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