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top timber

noun, Nautical.
a timber forming the upper, straighter portion of a frame in a wooden hull.
Origin of top timber
1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In naval architecture, a name for the fifth or top-timber sweep (which see).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A name sometimes given to the back sweep which forms the upper part of the top-timber.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth

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