strake

noun
\ ˈstrāk How to pronounce strake (audio) \

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

Examples of strake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The photos were vivid and sharp, but none of them had been shot from an angle that emphasized the sleek body of the F/A-18 Super Hornet: its trapezoidal wings, its cockpit, wing strakes or tail. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2019 Apart from that, the only MAX-specific training was practicing cross-wind landings, which are trickier in the MAX because the wingtips have large downward-pointing strakes that might touch the ground in hard cross-winds. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, 13 Nov. 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, 11 Jan. 2018 The roof and roof strakes are finished in body color instead of the contrast finish more common to the DBS. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 21 May 2019 The photos were vivid and sharp, but none of them had been shot from an angle that emphasized the sleek body of the F/A-18 Super Hornet: its trapezoidal wings, its cockpit, wing strakes or tail. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2019 Apart from that, the only MAX-specific training was practicing cross-wind landings, which are trickier in the MAX because the wingtips have large downward-pointing strakes that might touch the ground in hard cross-winds. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, 13 Nov. 2018 The carbon continues with optional front fender vents, side strakes, a rear lip spoiler, and an aggressive rear diffuser. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, 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, 11 Jan. 2018

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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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“Strake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strake. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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