false·​work ˈfȯls-ˌwərk How to pronounce falsework (audio)
: temporary construction work on which a main work is wholly or partly built and supported until the main work is strong enough to support itself

Examples of falsework in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Once all the pieces are spliced together, the temporary abutments, or falsework, will be removed. Steven Litt, cleveland, 23 Mar. 2021 Once the tower and suspension cables are in place and are holding up these segments, construction crews will remove the falsework. Dylan Tweney, WIRED, 29 July 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of falsework was circa 1874

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“Falsework.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falsework. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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