strake

noun
\ˈstrāk \

Definition of strake 

1 : a continuous band of hull planking or plates on a ship also : the width of such a band

2 : streak, stripe

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The carbon continues with optional front fender vents, side strakes, a rear lip spoiler, and an aggressive rear diffuser. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Cookin’ with Carbon: ABT Sportsline Unleashes 530-HP Audi RS5-R," 26 Jan. 2018 The concepts’ hood strakes, additional venting above the grille, and faux air cutouts below the taillights have been binned, while the pleasing full-width black panel on the tailgate appears to have been shortened, too. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "2019 Audi Q8 Flagship SUV Spotted Basically Undisguised," 11 Jan. 2018 Other improvements were made to the relationship between the front end’s vertical strakes and horizontal dive planes, underbody elements, and diffuser. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Ferrari FXX K Evo: Maranello’s Most FXX’d Up Factory Special Ever," 30 Oct. 2017 Too many performance cars these days adorn the undersides of their rear bumpers with black plastic channels and strakes that can't possibly have any meaningful aero effect. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Road tripping in a Ferrari 488 GTB: Worth the wait," 12 Aug. 2017 The oddly bulbous body features strakes and vents that never saw a wind tunnel and a misshapen rear end that looks like an angry alien with a case of the clap. Damon Lavrinc, WIRED, "You Can Buy the Weirdest Lamborghini Ever Created (But Please Don’t)," 18 Dec. 2013 Aircraft also install strakes and other devices that help smooth the airflow and help pilots keep the transport steady. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing's Blended Wing Airplanes Fly Into the Future," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of strake

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strake

Middle English; akin to Old English streccan to stretch — more at stretch

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