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board foot

noun, Building Trades.
a unit of measure equal to the cubic contents of a piece of lumber one foot square and one inch thick, used in measuring logs and lumber.
Abbreviation: bd. ft.
Origin of board foot
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A board foot is one foot long, one foot wide and one inch in thickness.

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  • This is usually expressed in pounds per thousand board feet, a board foot being considered as one-twelfth of a cubic foot.

British Dictionary definitions for board foot

board foot

a unit of board measure: the cubic content of a piece of wood one foot square and one inch thick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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