(in a queen-post roof) a horizontal beam uniting the tops of the two queen posts, and resisting the thrust of the roof.
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Origin of straining piece
First recorded in 1795–1805
Also called straining beam.
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British Dictionary definitions for straining piece
a horizontal tie beam that connects the top of two queen posts of a roof truss
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