One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A continuous line of planking or plates from the stem to the stern of a ship or boat.
- ‘The townsmen had the bright idea of rejuvenating an older ship to save on costs, by adding ash upper strakes, creating a ‘new’ warship.’
- ‘Moreover ship strakes were apparently used as funerary biers, and animals and weapons were sacrificed.’
- ‘These had rounded hulls and strakes gathered into the upper end of the latter and not, as in a cog, ending at the stem and stern posts.’
- ‘The felling of strakes used in its clinker-built hull has been dated by dendrochronology to the 880s.’
- ‘The cord is sewn through the ribs and the strakes, with special cleats left on the planks for the job.’
2A protruding ridge fitted to an aircraft or other structure to improve aerodynamic stability.
- ‘Pat Lindauer evaluated the strake kit installation in 10 flight hours flown over the course of nine flights Feb. 5-14.’
- ‘The strakes provide an aerodynamic balance to offset the effect of the radome on the upper surface of the fuselage.’
- ‘The aircraft manufacturer claims that it offers best-in-class aerodynamics, partly due to the use of underbody strakes.’
- ‘Testing will also take place to determine if the strakes will yield the same benefits when installed on a helicopter.’
- ‘The aircraft structure incorporates larger strakes below the rear section of the fuselage below the position of the tail fin.’
Middle English: from Anglo-Latin stracus, straca; probably from the Germanic base of the verb stretch.
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