MEANING: noun: The upper edge of the side of a ship or a boat.

NOTES: The word is often used in the idiom “to the gunwales” meaning to be full, almost overflowing.

ETYMOLOGY: From gun + wale (a plank along the side of a ship), from its use as a support for guns in earlier times. Earliest documented use: 1466.

GUNSALE - the NRA's dream come true

GUNSWALE - sloping grass to facilitate drainage from an emplacement

GUNWALK - ready to draw at any moment