• WordNet 3.6
    • n garboard the first wale laid next to the keel of a wooden ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Garboard (Naut) One of the planks next the keel on the outside, which form a garboard strake.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n garboard In ship-building, one of the planks or plates of the bottom next to the keel on each side; also (in the plural), the whole of the garboard-strakes on both sides, or the part of the bottom surface covered by the garboard-strakes.
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In literature:

Poor man, it knocked him silly, and he fell over the garboard-strake and barked his shin on the cat-heads.
"The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories" by Mark Twain
Don't you know that the garboard streak is the last plank next the keel?
"Blix" by Frank Norris
You don't happen to know what the garboard strake is, do you?
"New Burlesques" by Bret Harte
The keel and stem are both in one piece, as shown, and to this the garboard strake is to be fastened.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884" by Various
Usually a section of the keel and a portion of the garboard streaks were in sight above the sea.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
That which is placed between the garboard-strake and lower back-strake.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I own this boat from garboard to main truck, bowsprit-tip to boom-end, and I don't wear any man's dog-collar.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
That she was badly damaged there could be no doubt, since water was pouring in through a strained garboard.
"The Wireless Officer" by Percy F. Westerman
When eight bells struck, he turned out, much refreshed by his short nap, to relieve Mr. Garboard.
"Brave Old Salt" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

"Oh, fly aloft to the garboard strake!
And reef the spanker boom;
Bend a studding sail on the martingale,
To give her weather room."
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche