from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A beam, as of steel, wood, or reinforced concrete, used as a main horizontal support in a building or bridge.
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- n. A beam of steel, wood, or reinforced concrete, used as a main horizontal support in a building or structure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who girds; a satirist.
- n. One who, or that which, girds.
- n. A main beam; a stright, horizontal beam to span an opening or carry weight, such as ends of floor beams, etc.; hence, a framed or built-up member discharging the same office, technically called a compound girder. See Illusts. of Frame, and Doubleframed floor, under Double.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which girds, binds, or encircles. Specifically A main beam of either wood or iron, resting with each end upon a wall or pier, used to support a superstructure or a superincumbent weight, as a floor, the upper wall of a house, the roadway of a bridge, or the like.
- n. one who girds or gibes; a satirist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a beam made usually of steel; a main support in a structure
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