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  • n. Alternative form of lapstrake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made with boards whose edges lap one over another; clinker-built; -- said of boats. Contrasted with carvel-built.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Built with each streak or course of planking overlapping the one below it like clapboards on a house; clincher-built: applied to boats.
  • n. A boat built in this way. Lapstreaks are not so strong as smooth-seamed boats, and are much more easily strained.

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

  • adj. having overlapping hull planks


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  • Her sailor-soul would not allow her to leave the lapstreak in a frowsy condition.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • "How does it go?" asked Max, who was in a sixteen-foot canvas canoe like the one Steve handled so dexterously; while Bandy-legs, fearing to trust to anything so frail, had insisted on getting one of the older type lapstreak cedar boats, that were so marvelously beautiful in his eyes.

    The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island

  • That is the smooth skin, sometimes called lapstreak.



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