- a projection supporting a rudder at its lower end, located abaft a sternpost or rudderpost.
- an extension of the keel of a small craft, designed to improve steering.
Origin of skeg
1590–1600; < Dutch scheg cutwater < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skegg projection on the stern of a boat
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Examples from the Web for skeg
The other end of the propeller-shaft rests in the skeg bearing.
The end of the propeller also revolves adjacent to the bearing in the skeg.
The surface vessel has a propeller in her skeg operating athwartship in addition to the usual stem propeller.The Submarine in War and Peace
Skeg, skeg, n. a stump, branch: the after-part of a ship's keel.
- a reinforcing brace between the after end of a keel and the rudderpost
- a support at the bottom of a rudder
- a projection from the forefoot of a vessel for towing paravanes
- any short keel-like projection at the stern of a boat
- Australian a rear fin on the underside of a surfboard
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic skegg cutwater
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