clap·​board | \ ˈkla-bərd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) , ˈkla(p)-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) \

Definition of clapboard

1 archaic : a size of board for making staves and wainscoting
2 : a narrow board usually thicker at one edge than the other used for siding
3 \ ˈklap-​ˌbȯrd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) \ : 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

Other Words from clapboard

clapboard transitive verb

Examples of clapboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The house, two towns up the road from Holyoke, is a compact four-bedroom home of gray clapboard, with a chain-link fence bordering one side of a little yard and some low-end rental units across the way. New York Times, 17 May 2022 The home is modeled after a yellow clapboard house the Stitzers saw on their Bermuda honeymoon in 1977. Sarah Paynter, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The clapboard house sits off a gravel road on the outskirts of town, partly hidden behind a fence and a heaping pile of trash. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Leggs, 49, saw in the modest clapboard home the very qualities that make many historical Black American sites so necessary — and so vulnerable to loss. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 In the photo, Bryne holds a clapboard emblazoned with an image of McCrory, designed by Manchester tattoo artist Lauren Marie Sutton. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 27 Feb. 2022 Outside his clapboard, drafty lair — the scant trappings of which include just a table and bucket of water — appears to be a frigid Arctic landscape. Lauren Warnecke,, 25 Feb. 2022 The Talleys live in a white clapboard farmhouse that sits a few hundred yards from Abele’s mobile home. The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2022 In 1910, Havre de Grace’s African American community scraped together enough resources to build a white clapboard, one-room elementary school, among a handful of segregated primary schools in Harford County. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clapboard

circa 1520, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clapboard

partial translation of Dutch klaphout stave wood

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20 May 2022

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“Clapboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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clap·​board | \ ˈkla-bərd How to pronounce clapboard (audio) , -ˌbȯrd \

Kids Definition of clapboard

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

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