[ sturn-suhn ]
/ ˈstɜrn sən /
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a knee in a timber-framed vessel, reinforcing the angle between the keelson and the sternpost.
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Also called stern knee .
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British Dictionary definitions for sternson
/ (ˈstɜːnsən) /
nautical a timber scarfed into or bolted to the sternpost and keelson at the stern of a wooden vesselCompare stemson
Word Origin for sternson
C19: from stern ² + -son, on the model of keelson
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