nautical the bottommost plank of a vessel's hullAlso called: garboard plank, garboard strake

Word Origin for garboard

C17: from Dutch gaarboord, probably from Middle Dutch gaderen to gather + boord board
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Examples from the Web for garboard

Historical Examples of garboard

  • Usually a section of the keel and a portion of the garboard streaks were in sight above the sea.

  • On each side a rabbit or groove was cut to receive the garboard strake (the first strake of planking).

  • It knocked down trees, swept over the lake, and—caught the little canoe on the crest of a wave, right under the garboard streak.

    Woodcraft and Camping

    George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)

  • The furrow, which is continued up stem and stern-post, into which the garboard and other streaks fay.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The ship's in splendid condition; there's next to nothing wrong with her but the garboard streak and the sternpost.

    The Wrecker

    Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne