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\ : 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
Recent Examples of clapboard from the Web
The tenement at 700 East 134th Street in Port Morris shares the block with a stand of clapboard row houses, a metalworker and a document shredding facility.
Many of its 175 rooms — spread over three-story white clapboard buildings — overlook a 111-slip marina and six swimming pools.
But there’s work to be done, and residents of the small island communities throughout the bay rely on the Maquoit II—one of three mail boats operated by Casco Bay Lines—to deliver everything from luggage and letters to tractor tires and clapboard.
Martinsburg, which has a population of seventeen thousand, is a hilly town filled with brick and clapboard row houses.
The house sat at the top of a winding street in a neighborhood of mostly two-story clapboard houses in Akron, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Cleveland.
The house sat at the top of a winding street in a neighborhood of mostly two-story clapboard houses.
The home was later covered in clapboard and updated with a modern interior and vintage accents.
A small clapboard house once stood on the site, but it had been abandoned for years and was in a sorry state.
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Origin and Etymology of clapboard
partial translation of Dutch klaphout stave wood
First Known Use: circa 1520See Words from the same year
CLAPBOARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clapboard for English Language Learners
: 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
CLAPBOARD Defined for Kids
Definition of clapboard for Students
: a narrow board thicker at one edge than at the other used as siding for a building
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