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graving piece

noun, Nautical.
a piece of wood let into a wooden hull to replace decayed wood.
Origin of graving piece
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I once heard a captain of one of the mail steamers describe this job as “letting in a graving piece down the back.”

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley

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