[ gril-ij ]
/ ˈgrɪl ɪdʒ /


a framework of crossing beams used for spreading heavy loads over large areas.

Words nearby grillage

Origin of grillage

From French, dating back to 1770–80; see origin at grille, -age
Also called grid. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for grillage

  • Each arch ring was reinforced by a grillage of longitudinal and transverse rods.

    Concrete Construction|Halbert P. Gillette
  • The grillage is filled solidly with concrete and flushed smooth on top to receive the brickwork of the chimney.

British Dictionary definitions for grillage

/ (ˈɡrɪlɪdʒ) /


an arrangement of beams and crossbeams used as a foundation on soft ground

Word Origin for grillage

C18: from French, from griller to furnish with a grille
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