clinker-built

[ kling-ker-bilt ]

adjective
  1. faced or surfaced with boards, plates, etc., each course of which overlaps the one below, lapstrake.

  2. Also clincher-built. Shipbuilding. noting a hull whose shell is formed of planking (clinker planking ) or plating (clinker plating ) in which each strake overlaps the next one below and is overlapped by the next one above.

Origin of clinker-built

1
1760–70; clinker (variant of clincher) + built

Words Nearby clinker-built

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How to use clinker-built in a sentence

  • They were all clinker built of yellow pine, double fastened with copper nails, clinched over rooves.

    Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' | British Government
  • And now I will give my reasons for preferring the clinker-built cedar boat, or canoe, to any other.

    Woodcraft and Camping | George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • There is only one objection to the clinker-built canoe that occurs to me as at all plausible.

    Woodcraft and Camping | George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • The shell or body looked like a clinker-built boat of twenty-five or thirty tons, bottom up, and the seams of the laps newly paid.

  • She is clinker built; the planks overlying each other are fastened with iron bolts, riveted and clinched on the inside.

    South London | Sir Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for clinker-built

clinker-built

adjective
  1. (of a boat or ship) having a hull constructed with each plank overlapping that below: Also called: lapstrake Compare carvel-built

Origin of clinker-built

1
C18 clinker a nailing together, probably from clinch

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