girder

noun
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 freeway itself will remain open to three lanes in each direction, except for occasional nighttime lane closures and nighttime full freeway closures to facilitate bridge work such as demolition or girder placement. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Dec. 2021 Built in 1929, the steel girder bridge is safe for travel but has outlived its useful service life, SHA states. Cameron Goodnight, baltimoresun.com, 11 Nov. 2021 Had the girder fully fractured, the result could have been catastrophic because the bridge design lacks the redundancies built into most modern bridge designs and the rest of the bridge would have been unable to support itself. Noel Oman, Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2021 Built in 1929, the steel girder bridge is safe for travel but has outlived its useful service life, SHA states. Cameron Goodnight, baltimoresun.com, 11 Nov. 2021 It’s towering circular columns and red girder along the top of the stadium can be seen right across the city, and has become synonymous with the city of Milan. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Unlike just strapping a V2I to the side of a wall or a girder, the lamppost is going to have electrical power available. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Gaze at the 2 ½ foot, 75-pound piece of steel girder, which was once part of the World Trade Center. cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 Kleinhendler cited a case from 1878 called U.S. v. Throckmorton as a key girder for his argument. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2021

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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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14 Dec 2021

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“Girder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/girder. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for girder

girder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of girder

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

girder

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

Kids Definition of girder

: a horizontal main supporting beam a girder of a bridge

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