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

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

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The 3,100-square-foot property consists of three parts: one with vertical clapboard siding and a slanted roof and one with a minimalist façade and a single-gabled, metal roof reminiscent of a small Midwestern farmhouse. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "Farmhouse Fever Sweeps City Homes," 5 July 2018 Trillium Café Housed in a whitewashed clapboard house, this restaurant is beloved for its quintessential California cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 The theater-sized candy department will feature large film reels and clapboards. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Cleveland Heights' Big Fun to team with Sweeties Candies at new Pinecrest store," 17 Apr. 2018 The exterior of the McQuistons’ home has practical gray vinyl siding made to look like New England clapboard. Sally A. Downey,, "Poconos weekend retreat becomes year-round home," 12 June 2018 Work on the home — a two-story clad in clapboard and flagstone — began a little more than a year ago. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Army veteran, family receive new house from Operation Finally Home," 9 June 2018 The model, with its three-peaked front facade, maintenance-free clapboard and shingle exterior, farmer's front porch, and paver walkway, speaks of country charm. Margaret Demarino,, "Property of the Week: Washington Farms, Burlington," 4 May 2017 Greg: The clapboard is yellow, and the accent colors are gray/blue, rust, off-white and green. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Couple added their own touches to restored historic Waukesha home," 17 May 2018 The artist, a fifth-generation Angelena, was born in San Gabriel in 1959 and lived for much of her adult life in nearby Rosemead, in a clapboard bungalow built by her great-grandfather. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Photographer Laura Aguilar, chronicler of the body and Chicano identity, dies at 58," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of clapboard was circa 1520

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English Language Learners 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


clap·board | \ˈkla-bərd, -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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