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, "Last American slave ship is discovered in Alabama," 22 May 2019 One of Galveston Bay's oldest centerboard sailing clubs has fleets for all ages. Houston Chronicle, "Houston area sailing clubs and classes," 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, "Kiwis pedaling toward possible America’s Cup upset," 21 June 2017 One night, a line got tangled around his centerboard in rough conditions. Brian Overfelt, National Geographic, "Surfer Becomes First to Cross the Atlantic on a Paddleboard," 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, "Sailors on Guanabara Bay Are Adept at Dodging Debris and Skirting Sewage," 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 15 Aug. 2020.

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