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carpentering

[kahr-puh n-ter-ing]
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noun
  1. the trade or work of a carpenter.
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Origin of carpentering

First recorded in 1830–40; carpenter + -ing1

carpenter

[kahr-puh n-ter]
noun
  1. a person who builds or repairs wooden structures, as houses, scaffolds, or shelving.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to do carpenter's work.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make by carpentry.
  2. to construct (a plot, scene, article, or the like) in a mechanical or unoriginal fashion.
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Origin of carpenter

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin carpentārius wainwright, equivalent to Latin carpent(um) two-wheeled carriage (< Celtic; compare Old Irish carpad chariot) + -ārius -ary; see -er2
Related formsun·car·pen·tered, adjective
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Related Words

manufacture, evolve, raise, form, make, erect, produce, assemble, reconstruct, compose, fabricate, frame, contrive, carpenter, compile, cast, synthesize, fashion, forge, model

Examples from the Web for carpentering

Historical Examples

  • Certainly not; that would only give a city the reputation of skill in carpentering.

    The Republic

    Plato

  • When your carpentering is completed, the whole case must be stained to your taste.

  • I never worked in de mines but I did all sorts of carpentering for them.

  • Besides, I'm going to do a bit of carpentering work for Miss Remington.

    Tessa

    Louis Becke

  • Had she got him on carpentering, engineering—discovered his weak point?

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward


British Dictionary definitions for carpentering

Carpenter

noun
  1. John Alden. 1876–1951, US composer, who used jazz rhythms in orchestral music: his works include the ballet Skyscrapers (1926) and the orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator (1915)
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carpenter

noun
  1. a person skilled in woodwork, esp in buildings, ships, etc
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verb
  1. (intr) to do the work of a carpenter
  2. (tr) to make or fit together by or as if by carpentry
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Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French, from Latin carpentārius wagon-maker, from carpentum wagon; of Celtic origin
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Word Origin and History for carpentering

carpenter

n.

"wood-worker," c.1300 (attested from early 12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French carpenter, Old North French carpentier (Old French and Modern French charpentier), from Late Latin (artifex) carpentarius "wagon (maker)," from Latin carpentum "wagon, two-wheeled carriage, cart," from Gaulish, from Old Celtic *carpentom (cf. Old Irish carpat, Gaelic carbad "carriage"), probably related to Gaulish karros (see car).

Also from the Late Latin word are Spanish carpentero, Italian carpentiero. Replaced Old English treowwyrhta, literally "tree-wright." German Zimmermann "carpenter" is from Old High German zimbarman, from zimbar "wood for building, timber," cognate with Old Norse timbr (see timber). First record of carpenter bee is from 1844.

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