Definition of strake in English:


Syllabification: strake
Pronunciation: /strāk


1A continuous line of planking or plates from the stem to the stern of a ship or boat.
More example sentences
  • Moreover ship strakes were apparently used as funerary biers, and animals and weapons were sacrificed.
  • These had rounded hulls and strakes gathered into the upper end of the latter and not, as in a cog, ending at the stem and stern posts.
  • The townsmen had the bright idea of rejuvenating an older ship to save on costs, by adding ash upper strakes, creating a ‘new’ warship.
2A protruding ridge fitted to an aircraft or other structure to improve aerodynamic stability.
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  • The aircraft structure incorporates larger strakes below the rear section of the fuselage below the position of the tail fin.
  • The strakes provide an aerodynamic balance to offset the effect of the radome on the upper surface of the fuselage.
  • The aircraft manufacturer claims that it offers best-in-class aerodynamics, partly due to the use of underbody strakes.


Middle English: from Anglo-Latin stracus, straca; probably from the Germanic base of the verb stretch.

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