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

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Examples of clapboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Director Matt Reeves tweeted an image of a clapboard for the film earlier this week with the hashtag #DayOne and CC-ing the film’s cinematographer Greig Fraser. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Seth Rogen Is Working on a Movie About a Killer Meme," 30 Jan. 2020 Its towns make good postcards, with saltbox houses meandering outward from a central green and a white clapboard church. The Economist, "Living free Waiting for Bernie in New Hampshire," 8 Feb. 2020 The green-clapboard Hilltop building — which was built as a tank house barn in the late 1800s — was dismantled in 2014. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Location picked for proposed arts and cultural center in Scandia," 30 Nov. 2019 Wall-surface materials were used singly or in combination, such as cedar shingles, wide and narrow clapboards, brick, stone, and stucco. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "How Henry Ford helped create historic Dearborn neighborhood that's still popular today," 27 Nov. 2019 The building now boasts a new roof, but still has rotten clapboards, pigeons roosting in the broken eaves and those boarded up windows, a vestige of the early years. New York Times, "Robert Indiana’s Island Home Still Grapples With His Legacy," 6 Oct. 2019 The tan triple-decker’s clapboard shows at least three bullet holes — from a shooting prior to Aquil’s, a neighbor said. Sarah Wu,, "‘He never would have come to mind as someone who would lose his life to gun violence’: Remembering Aquil Muhammad, Boston’s youngest homicide victim of 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Most tours of Chelsea start at the northeast corner of that house, where its original clapboard siding is visible along a narrow alleyway that leads to its backyard. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "When the Real Estate Mogul Tried to Supersize His $8 Million Brownstone," 7 June 2019 The clapboard, held by Grace in the photo, reads Rust City, which is likely the fake production name used to throw off locals as the crew films on location. Nick Romano,, "Ghostbusters first look photo reveals Carrie Coon and the film's new family," 13 July 2019

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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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10 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clapboard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clapboard

chiefly US
: 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 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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