Crossword clues for coaming
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1610s, nautical, of unknown origin.
n. 1 (context nautical English) On a boat, the vertical side of above-deck structures, such as the coach roof, hatch, and cockpit. 2 A raised frame, designed to deflect or prevent entry of water, around an opening (e.g., a hatch or skylight) in a flat surface, such as a roof or deck.
n. a raised framework around a hatchway on a ship to keep water out
Coaming is any vertical surface on a ship designed to deflect or prevent entry of water. It usually refers to a raised section of deck plating around an opening, such as a hatch. Coamings also provide a frame onto which to fit a hatch cover.
The protective metal sheeting or plating protecting against water entry into ventilation shafts in large ships is called a coaming as it suits this purpose.
The term was borrowed by the aviation industry to refer to a low rim around the opening for an unenclosed cockpit.
In addition, it is the vertical surface rising from a hatch, which forestalls the ingress of water and provides a sealing surface for the hatch cover.
Coaming also refers to the raised structure around the cockpit of a kayak.
Usage examples of "coaming".
Duckett climbed over the coaming of the bridge cockpit, the subfreezing metal of the conning tower sticking to the crotch of his fur trousers as he felt for the foothold with his boot.
Every other gun of the starboard batteries was fired, directly at the French gunports, then, while swivels, slingpieces, and other smaller ordnance swept the decks from rails to both castles and fighting-tops, with arquebusiers and archers adding their ounces of lead and feathered shafts to the deadly sleet, brawny arms whirled the grapnels about to gain momentum, then hurled them across the narrow space to thud onto decks and sink their points deeply into rails and coamings, ladders and woodwork.
Every other gun of the starboard batteries was fired, directly at the French gunports, then, while swivels, sling pieces, and other smaller ordnance swept the decks from rails to both castles and fighting-tops, with arquebusiers and archers adding their ounces of lead and feathered shafts to the deadly sleet, brawny arms whirled the grapnels about to gain momentum, then hurled them across the narrow space to thud onto decks and sink their points deeply into rails and coamings, ladders and woodwork.
Lieutenant Gravely led the way through the hatch, stepping up over the knee-high hatch coaming and onto a steel platform just inside the fire room.
Now the other three men, Kusu included, went to the hatch, anchored tethers of their own near the coaming, and returned.
I heaved him over the hatch coaming, followed, sank down on deck, and waited till my pulse rate dropped down to the low hundreds.
I found the bar, had both hands on it, swung my body convulsively to the right till my sound foot caught the coaming, reached up to the next bar, reached the teak rail, half dragged, half slid my body over the top, and fell heavily on the deck on the other side.
By the time he reached the top I was round the other side of the hatch coaming, lying flat on the deck.
The heavy steel door swung back, and Johnny stepped over the coaming and seated himself before the console of the computer.
I snapped my mouth shut and got a hold on the hatch coaming, but the stuff was everywhere.
Ortega banged on the hatch coaming as we climbed aboard and the turbines awoke with a whispery sound.
He dropped the shirt and clutched wildly at the coamings of the turret, the shirt floating away like a white egret on the wing.
The dog put himself in a baying attitude, with his fore feet on the coamings of the hatchway, and enforced his master's orders with a deep-toned and measured bow, wow, wow.
The hydraulics barely started to groan, but that instant of anticipation broke the seals before the impact could twist hatches and coamings together immovably.
He suggested, that one half of the cabin table, which was divided in two, should be placed upon the other, so as to raise it up to the coamings of the skylight-hatch.