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curtain wall

(in a framed building) an exterior wall having no structural function.
Origin of curtain wall
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As we conversed thus, we came in front of a great arched doorway, in a curtain wall connecting two massive fragments of rock.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • Wafts of smoke were escaping near the foundations of the curtain wall near the gate!

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • The ruins consist of two towers, with part of a gateway and curtain wall, together with fragments of massive bastions.

  • Except for the beveling of the mold for the curtain wall recesses, the framing is all plain saw and hammer work.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The sea washes the rocks on which they are built, and in time of storm the spray flies over the curtain wall.

    The Shores of the Adriatic F. Hamilton Jackson
  • The windows, hidden from the exterior by the curtain wall, are slightly rounded.

  • Already the ditches are deep, the curtain wall of hawthorn high and impenetrable, the approaches narrow.

    Wood Magic

    Richard Jefferies
  • It was erected by Alan Fergeant, who in 1071 commenced operations and encircled the triangular site with a curtain wall.

    British Castles Charles H. Ashdown
  • Part of the curtain wall was completely reversed by the force of the explosive and now shows its inner face.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
  • Mayne realized that the bone framework formed a sort of curtain wall.

    A Transmutation of Muddles Horace Brown Fyfe
British Dictionary definitions for curtain wall

curtain wall

a non-load-bearing external wall attached to a framed structure, often one that is prefabricated
a low wall outside the outer wall of a castle, serving as a first line of defence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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