ship·​lap | \ ˈship-ˌlap How to pronounce shiplap (audio) \

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

Examples of shiplap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The main living area receives natural light and overlooks the backyard through a large wall of windows, and white oak shiplap ceilings accent the spacious room. Mary Grace Metheny, Dallas News, "Peek inside this new five-bedroom Dallas home with historic stone designed for families to connect," 15 May 2020 Typically painted white, shiplap is the quintessential wallcovering used for authentic farmhouse texture. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 Essential Tips for Choosing the Coziest Farmhouse Kitchen Colors," 29 Apr. 2020 Fill your ‘empty nest’ with hardwood floors and all the shiplap? Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Company Is Giving Away a $100,000 Tiny House — and It’s All for an Amazing Cause," 20 Apr. 2020 In tandem with a shiplap ceiling, this kitchen offers rustic charm with a modern twist. Chelsea Evers, Country Living, "12 Best Greige Paint Colors That Will Seamlessly Blend With Any Décor Style," 25 Nov. 2019 Countless home improvements call for ladders. Wallpapering, painting, installing lighting, shelving and shiplap, even decorating for Christmas often require the use of a ladder. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your ladder matters, for your safety and the success of your project," 19 Mar. 2020 Trisha Krauss The kitchen that Jessica Coffee designed checked all the trendy boxes: white Shaker cabinets, a subway-tile backsplash, wide oak-plank floors and an open-concept floor plan, with views into the living room’s shiplap walls. New York Times, "The Dollhouses of Instagram," 13 Mar. 2020 Just look at how prevalent sliding barn doors and shiplap walls have become in the past five years. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 7 best HGTV shows available to stream, ranked," 6 Mar. 2020 For yet more texture, the shiplap ceiling is comprised of cedar siding by ABTCO, while the walls are lined in Craftsman-style high paneling. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "This Gorgeous Utah House Could Probably Survive a Nuclear Apocalypse," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of shiplap

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Shiplap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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