- any of a number of timbers forming the lower, more curved portion of the frame in a wooden hull.
Origin of futtock
First recorded in 1605–15; perhaps alteration of foothook
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Examples from the Web for futtock
You must climb out by the futtock shrouds, as every proper sailor does.Young Tom Bowling
Each pair of shrouds should be served below the futtock staves.The Seaman's Friend
Richard Henry Dana
One is by going along some ropes, called the futtock shrouds, when one hangs very much as a fly does crawling along the ceiling.My First Cruise
Futtock, fut′uk, n. one of the separate pieces of timber composing the frame of a ship.
Timbers in the cant-bodies, reaching from the dead-wood to the head of the second futtock, and forming a floor.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- nautical one of the ribs in the frame of a wooden vessel
C13: perhaps variant of foothook
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