- faced or surfaced with boards, plates, etc., each course of which overlaps the one below, lapstrake.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for clinker-built
In the midst of a channel was a clinker-built boat—and a man was standing in it.The Firebug
Roy J. Snell
The lugger was found to be decked and clinker-built with a running bowsprit on which she set a jib.King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855
E. Keble Chatterton
The boat is thus a transitional form between the dug-out canoe and the clinker-built boat.In Northern Mists (Volume 2 of 2)
Another light, clinker-built boat was launched, and reached him just right.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts
George W. Holley
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.
- (of a boat or ship) having a hull constructed with each plank overlapping that belowAlso called: lapstrake Compare carvel-built
C18 clinker a nailing together, probably from clinch
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