gird·​er | \ ˈgər-dər How to pronounce girder (audio) \

Definition of girder

: a horizontal main structural member (as in a building or bridge) that supports vertical loads and that consists of a single piece or of more than one piece bound together

Examples of girder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The steel girder that holds up the living-room ceiling is also a climbing pole, with a harness so guests can rappel down. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, "The Art of Building the Impossible," 23 Nov. 2020 Former Mayor Ann Marie Donegan, with the help of Chaplain Dean Kavouras, sought and received that steel girder remnant. cleveland, "Remnant of World Trade Center receives a place of honor: Olmsted Dates and Data," 2 Nov. 2020 The documentary has a loose, tragicomic structure, made up of mocking scenes in which her cheerful dad dies in lurid ways—an air conditioner falls on his head, a loose girder slices open his neck, a car hits him. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Making a Film About Your Father’s Death—While He’s Still Alive," 3 Oct. 2020 The various girder sections were prefabricated out of state and shipped to Tempe. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, "Collapsed Tempe bridge to be rebuilt this week, train service could be restored by Friday," 29 July 2020 Other improvements for the project include painting of girders, bridge approach improvements, updates to signals, beam guard and pavement markings. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Highway 83 bridge over Highway 16 in Delafield will be closed for several months," 22 May 2020 Custom-fabricated bridge materials, including girders, bearing pads and casings will begin arriving this month, ALDOT said. Paul Gattis |, al, "Closed Highway 231 near Huntsville may open sooner than expected," 1 May 2020 Hamilton County's three commissioners on Thursday opted to postpone an $800,000 project to paint some of the steel girders on the Reds' stadium. Scott Wartman,, "Hamilton County holding off on that extra coat of paint for the stadiums during the pandemic," 30 Apr. 2020 Each girder weighs over 50 tons, and they’re lowered carefully and symmetrically over a pretty long time. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Is a Completely New, Possibly Perfect Way to Build Bridges," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of girder

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for girder

gird entry 1 (in sense "to surround as with a belt, connect firmly") + -er entry 2

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The first known use of girder was in 1611

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1 Dec 2020

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“Girder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of girder

: a strong beam used to build buildings, bridges, etc.


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Kids Definition of girder

: a horizontal main supporting beam a girder of a bridge

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