from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ship-building, a small triangular plate fitted at the point of connection of the beam and frame to strengthen it.
  • noun A defensive appliance for the tilt used in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, consisting of a broad steel plate shaped to cover the thigh and to project on each side. Its chief object was to protect the left leg from friction against the barrier.
  • noun A similar defense shown in pictures of the sixteenth century as worn over the right leg.


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