gird·er | \ˈgər-dər \

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

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In short, the chassis of a Ford, the body of a Caterpillar bulldozer, the wings of a Boeing aircraft, and the steel girders inside a New York skyscraper are all about to get more expensive. New York Times, "The Real Risks of Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs," 1 Mar. 2018 Provided by the Idaho Transportation Department Second, the engineers conducted acoustical tests on the girders, hitting them with hammers and observing the sound. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "How a 20-minute fire in the fatal I-84 crash ruined a concrete overpass," 22 June 2018 Sling your body to a girder or other hanging point above to escape and get a breather. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 hands-on: Saving giant virtual NYC has never felt so awesome," 12 June 2018 The girders were not manufactured by Universal Concrete. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Silver Line officials rush to replace defective panels at five Phase 2 stations," 25 Apr. 2018 For added strength, the concrete girders are filled with steel cables and rebar. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "How a 20-minute fire in the fatal I-84 crash ruined a concrete overpass," 22 June 2018 But the creek was flooded, and the bridge was burned out except for four steel girders that were wet from mist and shaking from the thundering water. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Work on the bridges includes pavement patching, bridge joint replacement and repairs to the bridge deck, beams, piers and girders. Kimberly Fornek,, "Oak Street Bridge and Chicago Avenue in Hinsdale to close for construction," 12 July 2018 Since the wood is pretty unreliable the safest way across is via the metal girders. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of girder

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for girder

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English Language Learners Definition of girder

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


gird·er | \ˈgər-dər \

Kids Definition of girder

: a horizontal main supporting beam a girder of a bridge

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