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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Sir Matthew spake no worde, but strake his horse with the spurrs sorer than he dyde before.

  • strake gave his quid a turn, rubbed his ear, and walked back.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • The vintage of Abiezer, that strake the stroke: yet the gleaning of grapes of Ephraim was not to be despised.

  • “Says as Mr Roylance is to take command, sir,” shouted strake.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • A boy throws the ore into one strake; if it is of poor quality he puts in a large amount of it, if it is rich he puts in less.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Surely the sun has not power enough to light the charge, strake.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • For the moment strake resisted, then he gave way and allowed himself to be drawn toward the man on guard.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • Yes, strake, and each man has a glass, and those very instructions.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • Syd went off and communicated the result of his conversation to Roylance and strake.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
  • Yes, strake,” said Roylance, “promotion for every one but the poor midshipman.

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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