a single line of planking or metal plating extending along the hull of a ship or boat from stem to stern
Origin of strakeME, akin to strecchen, to stretch
A single continuous line of planking or metal plating extending on a vessel's hull from stem to stern.
Origin of strakeMiddle English probably from Old English straca
- (aviation) A type of aerodynamic surface mounted on an aircraft fuselage to fine-tune the airflow.
- (nautical, archaic) A continuous line of plates or planks running from bow to stern that contributes to a vessel's skin. (FM 55-501).
- (engineering) a shaped piece of wood used to level a bed or contour the shape of a mould, as for a bell
- A trough for washing broken ore, gravel, or sand; a launder.
- (nautical): The planks or plates next to the keel are called the garboard strakes; the next, or the heavy strakes at the bilge, are the bilge strakes; the next, from the water line to the lower port sill, the wales; and the upper parts of the sides, the sheer strakes.
(third-person singular simple present strakes, present participle straking, simple past and past participle straked)
- (obsolete) To stretch [akin to Old English: streccan].
- (obsolete) Simple past tense of strike.