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  1. any upright, rigid supporting frame in the form of a triangle or an inverted V, as V.
  2. a building constructed principally of such a frame, with a steep gabled roof resting directly on a foundation.
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Origin of A-frame

First recorded in 1960–65
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  1. (of a house) constructed with an A-shaped elevation
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Word Origin and History for a-frame


type of framework shaped like the letter A, 1909; in building construction, attested from 1932.

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