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[koh-ming] /ˈkoʊ mɪŋ/
a raised border around an opening in a deck, roof, or floor, designed to prevent water from running below.
Origin of coaming
1605-15; earlier coming, apparently equivalent to comb1 (in the sense of ‘crest’) + -ing1 Unabridged
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  • He sat beneath the coaming, as far as he could get out of the bitter wind.

  • The coaming was riddled as the deadly hail moved toward the bow.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • There was a crash and a bang, and Frank was conscious that the water was pouring over the coaming.

  • The Richard dipped with a swerve which threw him violently against the coaming.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Also the snowy froth which lapped higher up the lee deck was perilously near the coaming protecting the open well.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
  • Marston, who sat on the yacht's coaming, splicing a rope, trusted Wyndham far.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • There was a dark stain on the bare plank close against the coaming or ledge of the door of the Captain's cabin.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • I handed her up the last of the jars, and grasped the coaming of the hatch to clamber on to the deck, for the cargo came high.

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • Frank trod upon and fell over the dog, who fortunately was unable to see anything over the coaming.

  • Flora seized the coaming and the white wave from the steamer's paddles lifted the yacht.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for coaming


a raised frame around the cockpit or hatchway of a vessel for keeping out water
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coaming

1610s, nautical, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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