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grillage

[gril-ij]
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noun
  1. a framework of crossing beams used for spreading heavy loads over large areas.

Origin of grillage

From French, dating back to 1770–80; see origin at grille, -age
Also called grid.
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Examples from the Web for grillage

Historical Examples

  • The grillage is filled solidly with concrete and flushed smooth on top to receive the brickwork of the chimney.

    The New York Subway

    Anonymous

  • Each arch ring was reinforced by a grillage of longitudinal and transverse rods.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette


British Dictionary definitions for grillage

grillage

noun
  1. an arrangement of beams and crossbeams used as a foundation on soft ground

Word Origin

C18: from French, from griller to furnish with a grille
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