\ ˈskeg How to pronounce skeg (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈskag How to pronounce skag (audio) \

Definition of skeg

1 : the stern of the keel of a ship near the sternpost especially : the part connecting the keel with the bottom of the rudderpost in a single-screw ship
2 : a fin situated on the rear bottom of a surfboard that is used for steering and stability

Examples of skeg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is how well a large extension to the new tugs' underside, called a skeg and designed to stop tankers by creating extra drag, will affect maneuverability. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Giant fuzzy discs and thermal cameras: New oil spill cleanup tech is coming to Alaska," 26 Jan. 2018 As the water dropped below the bottom of the depth gauge, the blocking under the skeg at the rear of the hull peeped above the surface. Lawrence Specker,, "Heavy lifting: How a Mobile dry dock raises a ship," 19 Oct. 2017 There are also afts called skegs and rudders which prevent the seaplane from tipping over in the ocean. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What's Actually Inside a Seaplane's 'Floats'?," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of skeg

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skeg

Middle English skegge, from Old Norse skegg cutwater, literally, beard — more at shag

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“Skeg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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