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.
Compare carvel-built.

Origin of clinker-built

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

clincher-built

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

Word Origin for clinker-built

C18 clinker a nailing together, probably from clinch
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