ship·​lap | \ ˈship-ˌlap \

Definition of shiplap

: wooden sheathing in which the boards are rabbeted so that the edges of each board lap over the edges of adjacent boards to make a flush joint

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The removable, shiplap wallpaper is the real focal point of the room and everything anchors around it. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "University of Kentucky Dorm Decor," 30 Aug. 2018 Chip Gaines certainly knows how to shine in front of the camera, although the former HGTV star’s latest broadcast involves a more serious matter than shiplap or demo day: the dangers of lead paint. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Chip Gaines releases lead paint safety video following EPA violations, $40G fine," 27 July 2018 The shiplap queen and her demo-loving hubby aren’t going anywhere. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Chip Gaines finishes first his marathon — in a tool belt," 7 May 2018 The rich textures and bold colors of Los Angeles, for instance, are a contrast to the gritty workhorse materials and shiplap in Nashville. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "5 Different Loft Design Styles Across The Country," 5 Aug. 2016 That seems fairly plausible given the fact that the beams, later the feature in the ADU, were heavier and darker than the studs and shiplap. Janet Eastman,, "Cost-saving steps to convert a garage into a second home (before and after photos)," 29 Jan. 2018 The shed now resembles a pint-size farmhouse cottage, appointed with rustic shiplap walls and vintage and French country accents. Mary Helen Berg, USA TODAY, "'She sheds' are like a man cave -- but prettier," 24 Mar. 2018 The exterior of the home is enhanced with a mahogany deck and clad in shiplap siding, with a sprawling lawn in the front and a barbecue area in the back. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Chic beach bungalow in Montauk is perfect for a summer weekend," 2 July 2018 In the dining room, walls coated in slate blue, gray blue, or navy blue with white shiplap (yes please!) were worth $1,926 more, and red dining rooms took a $2,031 hit (yikes!). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Is the Paint Color You Should Use If You Want Your Home to Sell," 1 June 2017

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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