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Etymology 1[edit]


strake (plural strakes)

  1. (obsolete) An iron fitting of a medieval cart wheel.
    • 1866, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, volume 1, page 544:
      The separate pieces of iron, forming together the fitting of the wheel, are called strakes, and the great nails by which they are fastened to the woodwork, and which had thick projecting heads, are called strake-nails and occasionally, it seems, cart-nails, great nails, or frets.
  2. (aviation) A type of aerodynamic surface mounted on an aircraft fuselage to fine-tune the airflow.
  3. (nautical, archaic) A continuous line of plates or planks running from bow to stern that contributes to a vessel's skin. (FM 55-501).
  4. (engineering) A shaped piece of wood used to level a bed or contour the shape of a mould, as for a bell
  5. A trough for washing broken ore, gravel, or sand; a launder.
  6. (obsolete) A streak.
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Usage notes[edit]
  • (nautical): The planks or plates next to the keel are called the garboard strakes; the next, or the heavy strakes at the bilge, are the bilge strakes; the next, from the water line to the lower port sill, the wales; and the upper parts of the sides, the sheer strakes.


strake (third-person singular simple present strakes, present participle straking, simple past and past participle straked)

  1. (obsolete) To stretch [akin to Old English: streccan].

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. (obsolete) simple past tense of strike
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