from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The gunwale of a ship: in the phrase à portoise, said of yard-arms resting on the gunwale.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Naut.) The gunwale of a ship.
- noun to lower them to the gunwale.
- noun to ride an anchor with the lower yards and topmasts struck or lowered, as in a gale of wind.
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- noun nautical The
gunwaleof a ship.
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Perhaps from Old French porteis portative, portable.
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