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

  • n. Nautical A single continuous line of planking or metal plating extending on a vessel's hull from stem to stern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An iron fitting of a medieval cart wheel.
  • n. A type of aerodynamic surface mounted on an aircraft fuselage to fine-tune the airflow.
  • n. A continuous line of plates or planks running from bow to stern that contributes to a vessel's skin. (FM 55-501).
  • n. a shaped piece of wood used to level a bed or contour the shape of a mould, as for a bell
  • n. A trough for washing broken ore, gravel, or sand; a launder.
  • n. A streak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of strike.
  • n. A streak.
  • n. An iron band by which the fellies of a wheel are secured to each other, being not continuous, as the tire is, but made up of separate pieces.
  • n. One breadth of planks or plates forming a continuous range on the bottom or sides of a vessel, reaching from the stem to the stern; a streak.
  • n. A trough for washing broken ore, gravel, or sand; a launder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move; go; proceed.
  • A dialectal (Scotch) form of stroke.
  • n. A streak; a stripe.
  • n. A strip; a narrow tract.
  • n. A reef in a sail.
  • n. A rut in a road.
  • n. A crack in a floor.
  • n. A breadth of plank or planking; specifically, a continuous line of planking or plates on a vessel's side, reaching from stem to stern. Also streak and shutter-in. See cut under clincher-built.
  • n. The iron band used to bind the fellies of a wheel; the hoop or tire of a wheel.
  • n. A piece of board or metal used for scraping off the skimpings in handjigging or tozing.
  • n. Same as lye.
  • n. A bushel: more commonly strike (which see).
  • n. In hunting, a particular signal with a horn.
  • n. An obsolete preterit of strike.

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

  • n. thick plank forming a ridge along the side of a wooden ship


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

Middle English, probably from Old English *straca.


  • Her garboard strake is three inches thick; her planking two and one-half inches thick; her deck - planking two inches thick and in all her planking there are no butts.

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  • Fig. 9, A side view of rimmed hoop wh A strake, which is the short ifoi with which the common wheel is rung.

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  • According to Wikipedia, there are three meanings of "strake": 1. a strip of planking between them on the turn of the bilge; 2. a device for controlling air flow over an aircraft; and 3. a tool for tamping down and leveling semi-fluid materials into a mould (such as poured concrete, for example).

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  • The clear metallic sound of the "strake" or sharpening strop, covered with pure white Loch Skerrow sand set in grease, which scythemen universally use in Galloway, cut through the slumberous hum of the noonday air like the blade itself through the grass.

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  • "strake," made a keen top-note to the mood of summer.

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  • In both cars a single strake of brightwork divides the grille and midlines the prominent, enamel-like Mercedes star.

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  • But Cadfael counted what he took to be oar-ports in the third strake of the hull, twelve of them in this steerboard side.

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  • A strake, by the way, is a metal strap that holds boats or planes together.

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  • It was about Woodrow Wilson, who, I understand, was not particularly adept at gluppiting strangles, whether prawling or no.

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  • What, did it slap him upside the head?

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  • Seen in editing: "A week later, a strake leaves him largely incapacitated."

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