skew·​back ˈskyü-ˌbak How to pronounce skewback (audio)
: a course of masonry, a stone, or an iron plate having an inclined face against which the voussoirs of an arch abut

Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skewback was in 1703

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“Skewback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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