from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ship-building, a metal cleat bolted to the after part of the stern-post, for one of the rudder-pintles to play on.


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  • See bum-calder.

    March 11, 2008

  • "'Do you remember how I stood on the dumb-chalder when Dick Richards and I cleared the Nutmeg's rudder?'"

    --O'Brian, The Truelove, 99

    A Sea of Words: A metal cleat bolted to the back of a wooden sternpost for the end of a rudder-pintle to rest on and carry some of the rudder's weight. (180)

    March 11, 2008