[ lee-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈliˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

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.

Origin of leeboard

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


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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