from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ship-building, one of the pieces of timber secured to the angles of fishes and sidetrees, to take the place of any piece that may prove deficient.


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  • "She refitted at Cadiz, and they did wonders for her -- brand-new knees, stringers, cant-pieces ... how she flies."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 242

    February 14, 2008