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

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Sling your body to a girder or other hanging point above to escape and get a breather. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man for PS4 preview: A love letter to comics and open-world tropes," 2 Aug. 2018 Sling your body to a girder or other hanging point above to escape and get a breather. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man for PS4 preview: A love letter to comics and open-world tropes," 2 Aug. 2018 Sling your body to a girder or other hanging point above to escape and get a breather. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man for PS4 preview: A love letter to comics and open-world tropes," 2 Aug. 2018 Sling your body to a girder or other hanging point above to escape and get a breather. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man for PS4 preview: A love letter to comics and open-world tropes," 2 Aug. 2018 Sling your body to a girder or other hanging point above to escape and get a breather. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man for PS4 preview: A love letter to comics and open-world tropes," 2 Aug. 2018 Steel girders maintain the structural integrity in places, making clear where the original stonework was lost to shelling, bullets or fire. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Beirut civil war museum is haunting, but few Lebanese want to disturb the ghosts," 14 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of girder

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for girder

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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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