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[pur-lin] /ˈpɜr lɪn/
a longitudinal member in a roof frame, usually for supporting common rafters or the like between the plate and the ridge.
Origin of purlin
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English purlyn, purloyne, akin to Anglo-Latin perliō; of uncertain origin Unabridged
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  • purline plate rests on these posts and consists of 1 × 8s sprung to the circle.

    Economy of the Round Dairy Barn Wilber John Fraser
  • I am walking again in my stocking feet, high on the "purline plate," beetle in hand, driving home the oaken "pins."

British Dictionary definitions for purline


a horizontal beam that provides intermediate support for the common rafters of a roof construction
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin
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