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
Recent Examples of girder from the Web
A little after 9 p.m., Dutch tourist Justin van Schaick saw Leong climbing on the girders under the Aurora Bridge, which is more than 160 feet above Lake Union.
The innovative technique that allowed for earlier completion was an incremental approach to launching the steel girders, officials said.
A concrete superstructure will replace the current steel girder design to lower the traffic noise, Sackett said of the bridge.
Water is eating away at the track bed, the power system, electrical components and the steel girders that support fire pipes, communications cables and power lines throughout the subway tunnels.
After closing the bridge in February, crews demolished the structure to make room for a new steel plate girder bridge.
But this 6-foot-long section of steel girder was recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center.
Iron girders support wattle-and-daub walls, and there is an enormous illuminated glass cabinet for Grass’s books—a time capsule preserved for a future civilization.
Made of girders from the Oakland Bay Bridge by Bay Area sculptor Mark Bulwinkle, the gate had its dedication just that morning, becoming an instant landmark.
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Origin and Etymology of girder
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
GIRDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of girder for English Language Learners
: a strong beam used to build buildings, bridges, etc.
GIRDER Defined for Kids
Definition of girder for Students
: a horizontal main supporting beam a girder of a bridge
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