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skeg

[skeg] /skɛg/
noun, Nautical
1.
a projection supporting a rudder at its lower end, located abaft a sternpost or rudderpost.
2.
an extension of the keel of a small craft, designed to improve steering.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Dutch scheg cutwater < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse skegg projection on the stern of a boat
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Examples from the web for skeg
  • There is a rudder mounted on pintles on the transom and skeg.
  • The bow is fitted with a skeg on the centerline to help give resistance to sideways motion and aid in steering.
British Dictionary definitions for skeg

skeg

/skɛɡ/
noun (nautical)
1.
a reinforcing brace between the after end of a keel and the rudderpost
2.
a support at the bottom of a rudder
3.
a projection from the forefoot of a vessel for towing paravanes
4.
any short keel-like projection at the stern of a boat
5.
(Austral) a rear fin on the underside of a surfboard
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; compare Icelandic skegg cutwater
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