Clinker-built meaning

klĭngkər-bĭlt
Built with overlapping planks or boards, as a ship.
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Built with the planks of the hull overlapping, as a boat.
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(nautical) In which the planks or plates of the hull are laid so that each plank overlaps the edge of the plank or plate below it, and in the case of plates, behind it.
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Origin of clinker-built

  • From obsolete clinker clinch-nail from Middle English clinken probably variant of clenchen to clench clench

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition