from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the curved timbers that forms a rib in the frame of a ship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the curved timbers that form the ribs of a ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the crooked timbers which are scarfed together to form the lower part of the compound rib of a vessel; one of the crooked transverse timbers passing across and over the keel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the timbers of the frame of a ship above the floor-timbers and below the top-timbers.
Middle English fottek, perhaps alteration of fothok : fot, foot; see foot + hok, hook; see hook.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)