Meaning of clinker-built

clink•er-built

Pronunciation: (kling'kur-bilt"), [key]
— adj.
  1. faced or surfaced with boards, plates, etc., each course of which overlaps the one below, lapstrake.
  2. noting a hull whose shell is formed of plankingor platingin which each strake overlaps the next one below and is overlapped by the next one above. Cf.
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