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[fawls-wurk] /ˈfɔlsˌwɜrk/
framework for supporting a structure under construction that is not yet capable of supporting itself.
Origin of falsework
First recorded in 1870-75; false + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When the steel—the trusses—is up and riveted, then away with the falsework.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • They had met Jake at the base of the falsework, and he came along, leaving his bundle.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • We are familiar with the falsework of a concrete building under construction.

  • Within a great cage of falsework Marie Louise could see the 178 ship that Davidge had dedicated to his mother.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • It is well also to give the girder molds a camber or to crown them to allow for settling of the falsework.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • One thing, however, the engineer must insist upon—that all centering and falsework be as nearly rigid as possible.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • You make bold to ask what the engineer does when the river is too deep to admit of falsework.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • The new span was then in place, and the old one—ready to be dismantled—stood on falsework at the side.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • The falsework was rapidly removed and the sustaining framework was painted with opaque varnish to render it plainly visible.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
British Dictionary definitions for falsework


a framework supporting something under construction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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