One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long or narrow piece of wood (or another building material) with a triangular cross-section used in various structural applications; specifically (Nautical and Shipbuilding) one used to fill a V-shaped gap formed by the meeting of two timbers in order to smooth the transition between them, such as between the rounded outer pieces of a made mast.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Sutherland (fl. 1711–1717).
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