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king post

or kingpost, king-post

a structural member running vertically between the apex and base of a triangular roof truss.
Machinery. a rotating or stationary column for supporting tackle or booms used in lifting.
Origin of king post
First recorded in 1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He had hewn every beam and king post in it, and set every plate and slip.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • It was called a “king post truss,” and was very similar to the king rod bridge.

    The Scientific American Boy

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • After sitting awhile, Kora suddenly said “Father, why did you not put up a king post when you were making this cow-shed?”

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • “Then what does he mean by the king post in the cow house” asked the old man.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
British Dictionary definitions for king post

king post

a vertical post connecting the apex of a triangular roof truss to the tie beam Also called joggle post Compare queen post
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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