clapboard

noun clap·board \ ˈkla-bərd ; ˈkla(p)-ˌbȯrd \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

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

clapboard

transitive verb

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Origin and Etymology of clapboard

partial translation of Dutch klaphout stave wood


CLAPBOARD Defined for English Language Learners

clapboard

noun

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

clapboard

noun clap·board \ ˈkla-bərd , -ˌbȯrd \

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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