[lee-bawrd, -bohrd]

noun Nautical.

either of two broad, flat objects attached to the sides of a sailing ship amidships, the one on the lee side being lowered into the water to prevent the ship from making leeway.

Nearby words

  1. lee, robert edward,
  2. lee, sir sidney,
  3. lee, spike,
  4. lee, tsung-dao,
  5. lee-enfield,
  6. leech,
  7. leech line,
  8. leech rope,
  9. leechcraft,
  10. leechee

Origin of leeboard

1400–50; late Middle English: the lee side of a ship; see lee1, board

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nautical one of a pair of large adjustable paddle-like boards that may be lowered along the lee side to reduce sideways drift or leeway
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