king post


: a vertical member connecting the apex of a triangular truss (as of a roof) with the base

Word History

First Known Use

1669, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of king post was in 1669

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Cite this Entry

“King post.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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