[ streyk ]
/ streɪk /


Nautical. a continuous course of planks or plates on a ship forming a hull shell, deck, etc.

Nearby words

  1. straitjacket,
  2. straitly,
  3. straits,
  4. straits dollar,
  5. straits settlements,
  6. stralsund,
  7. stramash,
  8. stramineous,
  9. stramonium,
  10. strand

Origin of strake

1300–50; Middle English; apparently akin to stretch

Related formsstraked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strake


/ (streɪk) /


  1. a curved metal plate forming part of the metal rim on a wooden wheel
  2. any metal plate let into a rubber tyre
Also called: streak nautical one of a continuous range of planks or plates forming the side of a vessel
a profiled piece of wood carried on an arm that rotates round a fixed post: used to sweep the internal shape of a mould, as for a bell or a ship's propeller blade, in sand or loam

Word Origin for strake

C14: related to Old English streccan to stretch

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