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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The first range or strake of planks laid next to a ship's keel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The board on a boat which attaches to the keel running fore and aft along the bottom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the planks next the keel on the outside, which form a garboard strake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ship-building, one of the planks or plates of the bottom next to the keel on each side; also (in the plural), the whole of the garboard-strakes on both sides, or the part of the bottom surface covered by the garboard-strakes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first wale laid next to the keel of a wooden ship

Etymologies

Obsolete Dutch gaarboord : possibly Dutch gaar, cooked, done (from Middle Dutch gaer) + Dutch boord, board (from Middle Dutch boort).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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