[ ship-lap ]
/ ˈʃɪpˌlæp /

noun Carpentry.

an overlapping joint, as a rabbet, between two boards joined edge to edge.
boarding joined with such overlapping joints.

Nearby words

  1. shipbuilder,
  2. shipbuilding,
  3. shipentine,
  4. shipfitter,
  5. shipka pass,
  6. shipload,
  7. shipman,
  8. shipmaster,
  9. shipmate,
  10. shipment

Origin of shiplap

First recorded in 1850–55; ship1 + lap2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shiplap

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

    Neighbours|Robert Stead
  • Over this paper place any kind of boards that the fancy of the builder may dictate, as clapboards, shiplap, or drop-siding.