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[streyk] /streɪk/
Nautical. a continuous course of planks or plates on a ship forming a hull shell, deck, etc.
Origin of strake
1300-50; Middle English; apparently akin to stretch
Related forms
straked, adjective Unabridged
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  • Here, the media has done a poor job, raising the strake for confrontation through distortion.
  • For the strake-off configuration, the flow tends pull away from the surface.
  • The strake vortices provide downwash that effectively eliminates this flow behavior.
  • These materials had poor mechanical properties, and a number of strake segments failed.
  • Rubber or welded aluminum split pipe rub strake shall be provided at the deck edge.
  • The covering boards or saddle above the sheer strake are oak and painted white.
  • Oak transverse frames steamed into place run full from the strake.
British Dictionary definitions for strake


  1. a curved metal plate forming part of the metal rim on a wooden wheel
  2. any metal plate let into a rubber tyre
(nautical) Also called streak. one of a continuous range of planks or plates forming the side of a vessel
a profiled piece of wood carried on an arm that rotates round a fixed post: used to sweep the internal shape of a mould, as for a bell or a ship's propeller blade, in sand or loam
Word Origin
C14: related to Old English streccan to stretch
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