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clapboard

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noun clap·board \ˈkla-bərd; ˈkla(p)-ˌbȯrd\

Simple Definition of clapboard

  • : a narrow board that is thicker at one edge than at the other and that is used to cover the outsides of buildings

  • : a set of narrow boards covering the outside of a building

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of clapboard

  1. 1 archaic :  a size of board for making staves and wainscoting

  2. 2 :  a narrow board usually thicker at one edge than the other used for siding

  3. 3 \ˈklap-ˌbȯrd\ :  a pair of hinged boards one of which has a slate with data identifying a piece of film and which are banged together in front of a motion-picture camera at the start of a take to facilitate editing —called also clapper board

clapboard transitive verb

Origin of clapboard

part translation of Dutch klaphout stave wood


First Known Use: circa 1520

Rhymes with clapboard


CLAPBOARD Defined for Kids

clapboard

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noun clap·board \ˈkla-bərd, -ˌbȯrd\

Definition of clapboard for Students

  1. :  a narrow board thicker at one edge than at the other used as siding for a building





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