carling

carling

[kahr-ling]
noun Nautical.
a short fore-and-aft beam running beside a hatchway, mast hole, or other deck opening.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < French carlingue < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic kerling keelson, literally, old woman; see carline

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carling or carline (ˈkɑːlɪŋ)
 
n
a fore-and-aft beam in a vessel, used for supporting the deck, esp around a hatchway or other opening
 
[C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, carline²]
 
carline or carline
 
n
 
[C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, carline²]

Carling (ˈkɑːlɪŋ)
 
n
Will(iam). born 1965, British Rugby Union footballer; captain of England (1988--96)

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