noun Nautical.

  1. the upper edge of the side or bulwark of a vessel.
  2. the sheer strake of a wooden vessel; the uppermost strake beneath the plank-sheer.


  1. nautical the top of the side of a boat or the topmost plank of a wooden vessel
  2. full to the gunwales completely full; full to overflowing

mid-15c., gonne walle, from gun (n.) + wale “plank” (see wale). Originally a platform on the deck of a ship to support the mounted guns.

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