• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dunnage (Naut) Fagots, boughs, or loose materials of any kind, laid on the bottom of the hold for the cargo to rest upon to prevent injury by water, or stowed among casks and other cargo to prevent their motion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dunnage Fagots, boughs, or loose wood laid in the hold of a ship to raise heavy goods above the bottom and prevent injury from water; also, loose articles of lading wedged between parts of the cargo to hold them steady and prevent injury from friction or collision.
    • n dunnage Baggage.
    • dunnage To stow with fagots or loose wood, as the bottom of a ship's hold; wedge or chock, as cargo. See dunnage, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dunnage dun′āj on shipboard, a name applied to loose wood of any kind laid in the bottom of the hold to keep the cargo out of the bilge-water, or wedged between parts of the cargo to keep them steady.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Dun a mound
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. unknown.


In literature:

Why did he have his dunnage in Tabitha Crosby's shed?
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It is usually shipped from Manila and Yloilo as dunnage, a small quantity coming also from Cebu.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Now, where's your dunnage?
"A Chinese Command" by Harry Collingwood
We'll overhaul their dunnage first for whisky and knives, then turn them to.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
And if I have any influence with mother at all, both you and he will pack your dunnage and leave in the morning.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
The ledge was just large enough for the two of them, with what remained of their dunnage.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Toss over some of the dunnage.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
Got any dunnage laying around anywhere?
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
These they set upon the dunnage boards which covered the ballast and made a flooring in the hold.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
You come out o' there, take your horse and your dunnage, and git.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm

In news:

Inflatable truck dunnage bags secure loads in transit.

In science:

This is accomplished using the following framework which goes back to Dunnage .
Topology-guided sampling of nonhomogeneous random processes