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(nautical) the bottommost plank of a vessel's hull Also called garboard plank, garboard strake
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch gaarboord, probably from Middle Dutch gaderen to gather + boordboard
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  • Usually a section of the keel and a portion of the garboard streaks were in sight above the sea.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • On each side a rabbit or groove was cut to receive the garboard strake (the first strake of planking).

  • It knocked down trees, swept over the lake, and—caught the little canoe on the crest of a wave, right under the garboard streak.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • The furrow, which is continued up stem and stern-post, into which the garboard and other streaks fay.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The ship's in splendid condition; there's next to nothing wrong with her but the garboard streak and the sternpost.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • garboard was an officer who owed his position to influence rather than to merit.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • The keel and stem are both in one piece, as shown, and to this the garboard strake is to be fastened.

  • I own this boat from garboard to main truck, bowsprit-tip to boom-end, and I don't wear any man's dog-collar.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
  • I snubbed garboard, twitted Oxley and played the very dickens with the flagship's midshipmen.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • Let me see: garboard has the forenoon watch to-morrow, and we shall both be off duty after general quarters.

    Brave Old Salt Oliver Optic

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