From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
4. (Naut.) (a) A narrow crosspiece of the bottom of a boat against which a rower braces his feet. (b) A crosspiece placed between the sides of a boat to keep them apart when hoisted up and griped. --Dana.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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