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  • adj. Having sides nearly perpendicular, rather than flaring or tumbling home.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having sides nearly perpendicular; -- said of certain vessels to distinguish them from those having flaring sides, or sides tumbling home (see under tumble, v. i.).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having sides nearly perpendicular, as a ship: opposed to tumble-home.


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  • It was with all these slanders against the ship fresh in my recollection that I saw her in dock on the morning of my leaving America, her large, shapeless, wall-sided hull looming darkly through a shower of rain.

    The Englishwoman in America

  • At 6.30 A.M. on September 5th we set out up stream in a fine canoe, wall-sided and rather crank, but allowing the comfort of chairs.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • He thought of that hot and angry and struggling creature who had tugged and sworn so foolishly at the sofa upon the twisted staircase, and who was now lying still and hidden, at the bottom of a wall-sided oblong pit beside the heaped gravel that would presently cover him.

    The History of Mr. Polly

  • But on our southern coasts, the wall-sided cliffs, many hundred feet high, with vast needles and pinnacles standing out in the sea, sharp and solitary enough to serve as perches for the wary cormorant confer a wonderful beauty and grandeur upon the chalk headlands.

    Autobiography and Selected Essays

  • Their mothers were fit progenitors for such progeny: long, gaunt, with emaciated limbs, wall-sided, high-shouldered, and straight-backed, with pendulous bosoms, spider-like arms, and splay feet.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • "But, I thought most of those French corvettes were wall-sided, sir?"

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • Then they were over the side into the collapsible, and were pulled straight across to the wall-sided

    On Land and Sea at the Dardanelles

  • His eye was large, his forehead prominent, lofty and broad, with great depth between the brow and the occiput, his nose was long and aquiline, with the nostrils open; his mouth was large, but the lips were thin; and the chin was square and somewhat prominent; viewed, in profile, the whole head was wall-sided.

    The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation Volume 1

  • Once they came to a wall-sided gorge that ran away beyond any attempt at portage, and they abandoned the dugout, to build another at the lower end.

    North of Fifty-Three

  • She was a good, substantial ship, not quite so long as the Alert, and wall-sided and kettle-bottomed, after the latest fashion of south-shore cotton and sugar wagons; strong, too, and tight, and a good average sailor, but with no pretensions to beauty, and nothing in the style of a “crack ship.

    Chapter XXIX. Loading for Home-A Surprise-Last of an Old Friend-The Last Hide-A Hard Case-Up Anchor, for Home!-Homeward Bound


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