Naut. the after part of the keel, or an extension of this upon which the rudderpost is mounted
Origin of skegDutch schegge from Old Norse skegg, beard (basic sense “a projection”): see shag
- A timber that connects the keel and sternpost of a ship.
- An arm extending to the rear of the keel to support the rudder and protect the propeller.
- A fin projecting from the bottom of an outboard motor, used to protect the propeller and to provide extra steering control.
- A centerboard mounted near the stern of a kayak, used to improve directional stability in windy weather.
- A fin mounted near the tail of a surfboard, used to improve directional stability.
Origin of skegDutch scheg perhaps from Old Norse skegg beard, beak of a ship
From a dialectal term for "a stump, a branch, a wooden peg"; compare Swedish skog. Compare also shaw.