from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Loose packing material used to protect a ship's cargo from damage during transport.
- n. Personal baggage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Scrap material, often wood, used to fill spaces to prevent items from shifting during transport, or underneath large or heavy items to raise them slightly above the ground.
- n. Personal effects; baggage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Baggage.
- To stow with fagots or loose wood, as the bottom of a ship's hold; wedge or chock, as cargo. See dunnage, n.
Middle English dennage, from Middle Dutch denne, flooring of a ship.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)