from The Century Dictionary.

  • To notch or groove irregularly.
  • noun A ragged piece; a torn strip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun construction A groove or slot, often cut in a masonry wall or other vertical surface, for inserting an inset flashing component such as a reglet.


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