- (in a scarf joint) a tenon in one member fitting into a corresponding recess of the other.
- a dowel through overlapping timbers to prevent one from sliding across the other.
Origin of coak
First recorded in 1785–95; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for coaks
Mr. Coaks had usurped that office, and the quo warranto had been properly issued.
Coaks, or dowels, are fitted into the beams and knees of vessels, to prevent their slipping.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Consequently the voting was even, and the retiring Mayor gave his casting-vote in favour of Mr. Coaks.
The voting was equal, and the Mayor giving his casting-vote in favour of the latter, Mr. Coaks was declared duly elected.