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

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Crews will be setting girders for a replacement bridge at Colorado Boulevard over the interstate and will begin the I-270 bridge demolition, transportation officials said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "I-70 is closing in both directions the weekend of Sept. 20. Here’s what you need to know.," 11 Sep. 2019 There are aesthetic flaws, as is inevitable with such an ambitious structure, and the fiasco of the cracked girders above Fremont Street clouds the building’s reputation. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019 But the girders over First Street—apparently the same design and material—were fine. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "How 'Microcracks' Undermined San Francisco's New Bus Terminal," 10 Aug. 2019 There were stories about the arrival of the steel superstructure, built in the Bay Area, and of the concrete girders, made in Long Beach. San Diego Union-Tribune, "50 years later, Coronado bridge’s iconic status masks its controversial origins," 4 Aug. 2019 Smith chopped heavy-duty steel girders into chunks and mounted them atop comically tiny wheels. J.u-s | West Yorkshire, The Economist, "The industry and poetry of David Smith," 17 July 2019 Long after the last steel girder is hauled away, and the last chunk of concrete is scooped up, the arenas will dance in our dreams. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "As The Joe and Palace fall, I'm reminded of the greatness that stood inside," 14 July 2019 The Pilgrim Road bridge over Capitol is scheduled be entirely closed from early June until Aug. 24 to replace the bridge deck and paint the steel girders. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Avoid summer traffic headaches and watch out for these seven major construction projects in the Milwaukee area," 18 June 2019 The artwork also will incorporate replicas of the girders from a 100-year-old bridge that longtime residents say served as a lifeline during decades of racial segregation. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Artists hope Purple Line station designs will inspire wonder and showcase communities," 22 June 2019

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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.


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Kids Definition of girder

: a horizontal main supporting beam a girder of a bridge

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