dry·​wall | \ˈdrī-ˌwȯl \

Definition of drywall 

: a board made of several plies of fiberboard, paper, or felt bonded to a hardened gypsum plaster core and used especially as wallboard

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My husband skipped around the property with tools that looked like Tower of London souvenirs, gleefully ripping out drywall. New York Times, "Betty Gilpin: The First Time I Bought a Crumbling 1834 Farmhouse," 19 June 2018 Trades represented will be: drywall finishing, glazing, painting, sign and display. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Union Open House emphasizes job skills, career building and job opportunities: Strong Points," 17 Mar. 2018 In last week's episode, that meant cleverly carving out a space for the family dog in the space underneath the staircase that would usually be filled with drywall. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "HGTV's Jasmine Roth Is Making Dog Caves a Thing, and Pups Everywhere Are Wagging Their Tails," 13 July 2018 Others use materials of drywall, vinyl tile, burlap, stucco, wooden staves, Mylar and ceramics — an homage to the U.S. construction jobs that so many Mexicans fill today. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 Where: 4565 Diehl Road, Metamora How much: $745,000 Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3 full, 1 half Square feet: 2,909 Key features: Striking log house has soaring ceilings, all wood construction without drywall, remodeled kitchen with high-end components. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Photos: Log cabin in Metamora creates lavish comforts of home," 22 June 2018 Seeing everyone come together to pick up hardwood and tile on the side of the road, tear down walls and put up drywall has humbled me. Heather Leighton, Houston Chronicle, "About 580 student volunteers spent their spring breaks working on Hurricane Harvey-damaged homes," 14 Mar. 2018 In addition to the drywall, the only other furnishings this week were the steel skeleton of what will become the wine bar and a giant exhaust fan about the size of car, soon to be mounted in the ceiling. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, "Mama Catena's, back from fire, plans reopening soon (photos)," 19 Jan. 2018 Mauricio Cruz, 32, one of the owners of VD Interiors, a drywall and painting company, said Lopez had been doing work for the company for a couple months. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Man who fell off boat, prompting search that left diver dead, hoped to 'give his children a better future'," 29 May 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of drywall

: building material that is used for making walls and ceilings and that is made of large sheets of plaster covered with thick paper

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