cen·​ter·​board | \ ˈsen-tər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce centerboard (audio) , ˈse-nər- \

Definition of centerboard

: a retractable keel used especially in sailboats

Examples of centerboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The archaeologists also found the remains of a centerboard of the correct size. National Geographic, 22 May 2019 One of Galveston Bay's oldest centerboard sailing clubs has fleets for all ages. Houston Chronicle, 10 May 2018 Their pedaling powers the hydraulic systems used to trim the wingsail and raise and lower the daggerboards, or retractable centerboards, that are tipped with hydrofoils. Bernie Wilson, The Seattle Times, 21 June 2017 One night, a line got tangled around his centerboard in rough conditions. Brian Overfelt, National Geographic, 10 Mar. 2017 Jorge Lima of Portugal recalls dropping from first place to last in a race here after a tarp that was floating beneath the surface caught his centerboard. Ken Belson, New York Times, 2 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of centerboard

1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Centerboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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