dry·​wall | \ ˈdrī-ˌwȯl How to pronounce drywall (audio) \

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

Examples of drywall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the old Geffen, thin wooden wall panels were affixed to drywall with steel strips, leaving a cavity behind them—a combination that sucked in low frequencies and killed them. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 11 Oct. 2021 The studios have ample windows with views onto light wells lined with perforated drywall that may one day be enlivened by art. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 23 Sep. 2021 The city’s Buildings Department cited a microwave placed next to a coffee machine, changing pipes from plastic to metal in the bathroom and needing to extend the drywall as some of the reasons for the shutdown. Jade Yan, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Using a soft touch to avoid denting the drywall, trace the design with a pencil. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2021 Officers said this led to the curtains catching fire, and Ledbetter continued his alleged escape attempt by ripping down drywall from a spot by the window. al, 1 Sep. 2021 Each year, 15-20 Fairfax County high-schoolers hang drywall, use power tools, and learn technical and life skills that come with building a home. Washington Post, 11 July 2021 The explosion caused the drywall from the second floor to come crashing down onto the first floor as a scene of panic unfolded inside the casino, according to Fox affiliate WSVN and the Herald. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Taking turns, the men scraped away at the drywall, slowly carving an exit. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of drywall

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Drywall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drywall. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 : plasterboard


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