Definition of clinker-built in English:

clinker-built

Syllabification: clink·er-built

adjective

  • (Of a boat) having external planks secured with clinched nails such that the bottom edge of an upper plank overlaps the upper edge of a lower plank. Compare with carvel-built.
    More example sentences
    • Perhaps the most interesting of these were the clench-nails, as these were used to fasten the overlapping long planks of a clinker-built vessel together.
    • The roof here is constructed almost like a clinker-built boat, again reflecting Barry's other great love, sailing.
    • It's a 14 ft, wooden, clinker-built boat, upside down and in need of some varnish.

Origin

mid 18th century: clinker from clink (northern English variant of clinch).

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