mudsill

noun
mud·​sill | \ ˈməd-ˌsil How to pronounce mudsill (audio) \

Definition of mudsill

1 : a supporting sill (as of a building or bridge) resting directly on a base and especially the earth
2 : a person of the lowest social level

Examples of mudsill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The floor frame of a shed includes the mudsill, floor joists and perimeter band joists. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Shed in 7 Easy Steps," 18 Mar. 2021 Then, cut pieces of fiberglass insulation or rigid polystryrene foam to fit tightly between the floor joists and up against the rim joist, which is the wide board that sits on-edge on top of the mudsill. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Winterize Your Pipes and Prevent a Frozen Disaster," 17 Feb. 2021 To stop cold air from blowing into the basement or crawlspace, fill any gaps under the mudsill with expanding foam sealant. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Pipes and Prevent a Frozen Disaster," 17 Feb. 2020 The floor frame of a shed includes the mudsill, floor joists and perimeter band joists. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build Your Own Shed (in 7 Steps)," 29 July 2019 Cut a third 2 x 8 mudsill to fit along the tops of the center row of foundation blocks. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Shed, Colonial-Style," 19 Apr. 2017 Set the mudsills on top of the blocks running across the front and rear of the shed. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Shed, Colonial-Style," 19 Apr. 2017 Next, form each front and rear band joist by nailing a 2 x 6 to a 2 x 8 mudsill. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Shed, Colonial-Style," 19 Apr. 2017 Crackers and squatters, rednecks and hillbillies, sandhillers and mudsills, clay eaters and hoe wielders: America has developed a rich vocabulary to describe one part of its permanent underclass. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Review: ‘White Trash’ Ruminates on an American Underclass," 21 June 2016

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First Known Use of mudsill

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Apr 2021

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“Mudsill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mudsill. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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