noun Nautical.
  1. a projection supporting a rudder at its lower end, located abaft a sternpost or rudderpost.
  2. an extension of the keel of a small craft, designed to improve steering.

Origin of skeg

1590–1600; < Dutch scheg cutwater < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skegg projection on the stern of a boat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun nautical
  1. a reinforcing brace between the after end of a keel and the rudderpost
  2. a support at the bottom of a rudder
  3. a projection from the forefoot of a vessel for towing paravanes
  4. any short keel-like projection at the stern of a boat
  5. Australian a rear fin on the underside of a surfboard

Word Origin for skeg

C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic skegg cutwater
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