Be sure to fill the seams thoroughly and tightly with the oakum or other caulking material.
Then oakum Otie sighed and melted away into the foggy gloom.
His fingers found what he wanted, an opening between two planks, where a leak had been freshly calked with oakum.
To untwist, to unlay ropes; to teaze, to convert it into oakum.
From these he picked out those he wished, with the same skill and quick judgment that he used in buying his hemp and oakum.
To clear the rigging of stops, rope-yarns, and pieces of oakum.
The carpenter made ready sheets of lead, and plugs of oakum, for the stopping of shot-holes.
One of them oakum eaters, that s what he was—an oakum eater.
These can then be caulked with oakum, cotton-batting, or wicking, or something of that nature.
When he was home from sea he and I stuck together like hot pitch and oakum.
"loose fiber obtained from taking apart old hemp ropes," early 15c., from Old English acumba "tow, oakum, flax fibers separated by combing," literally "what is combed out," from Proto-Germanic *us-kambon (cf. Old High German achambi); first element cognate with Old English a- "away, out, off;" second element from stem of cemban "to comb," from camb "a comb;" from PIE *gembh- "tooth, nail" (see comb (n.)).