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[sturn-suh n]
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  1. a knee in a timber-framed vessel, reinforcing the angle between the keelson and the sternpost.
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Origin of sternson

First recorded in 1840–50; stern2 + (keel)son
Also called stern knee.
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British Dictionary definitions for sternson


  1. nautical a timber scarfed into or bolted to the sternpost and keelson at the stern of a wooden vesselCompare stemson
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Word Origin

C19: from stern ² + -son, on the model of keelson
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