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joist

[ joist ]
/ dʒɔɪst /
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noun

any of a number of small, parallel beams of timber, steel, reinforced concrete, etc., for supporting floors, ceilings, or the like.

verb (used with object)

to furnish with or fix on joists.

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Origin of joist

1325–75; Middle English giste<Old French <Latin *jacitum support, noun use of neuter of Latin jacitus (past participle of jacēre to lie), equivalent to jaci- variant stem + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM joist

joistless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for joist

joist
/ (dʒɔɪst) /

noun

a beam made of timber, steel, or reinforced concrete, used in the construction of floors, roofs, etcSee also rolled-steel joist

verb

(tr) to construct (a floor, roof, etc) with joists

Word Origin for joist

C14: from Old French giste beam supporting a bridge, from Vulgar Latin jacitum (unattested) support, from jacēre to lie
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