Definition of gunwale :
The upper edge of a vessel's or boat's side; the uppermost wale of a ship ( not including the bulwarks); or that piece of timber which reaches on either side from the quarter- deck to the forecastle, being the uppermost bend, which finishes the upper works of the hull.
- McKay obediently seized a coil of rope, and, approaching the gunwale, said, quickly- " Only you must show me where to throw." - "The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood", Arthur Griffiths.
- Presently a bird was seen coming in the same direction, but flying very low; it wabbled along toward them very slowly, and at last, to their great surprise, came flapping and tried to settle on the gunwale of the boat. - "Foul Play", Charles Reade Dion Boucicault.
- It's a ticklish business dragging a half- drowned man into a dinghy without upsetting it, but by getting him down aft, I at last managed to hoist him up over the gunwale. - "A Rogue by Compulsion", Victor Bridges.