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[ship-lap] /ˈʃɪpˌlæp/
noun, Carpentry.
an overlapping joint, as a rabbet, between two boards joined edge to edge.
boarding joined with such overlapping joints.
Origin of shiplap
First recorded in 1850-55; ship1 + lap2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Over this paper place any kind of boards that the fancy of the builder may dictate, as clapboards, shiplap, or drop-siding.

  • The walls will be of shiplap, covered with matched siding, with tarpaper between.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • They evidently come in from the outside between the logs and the shiplap to the loft above.

  • His house was rudely put together, shingle-roofed and walled with shiplap boards that gave out strong resinous odors.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan Harold Bindloss

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