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wall plate

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noun
  1. Also called raising plate. Building Trades. a horizontal member built into or laid along the top of a wall to support and distribute the pressure from joists, rafters, etc.
  2. Machinery. a vertical metal plate secured against a wall, as to attach a bracket.
  3. Mining. one of the longer members of a set.Compare end plate.
  4. switch plate.
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Origin of wall plate

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for wall plate

Historical Examples

  • These were of squared timber, as was the floor also, and the outer frame and wall-plate.

    Margaret Tudor

    Annie T. Colcock

  • There is also a fifth wall-plate which lies along the tops of the pillars in the front.

    Rustic Carpentry

    Paul N. Hasluck

  • Originally determined by the slat of wood which strengthened the wall-plate at the point of its perforation by the trunnels.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • The continuous fillet which crowns the epistyle, representative of the wall-plate of the original timbered Doric construction.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • A wall-plate on the outside of one beam, from end to end, measures two feet by ten inches.


British Dictionary definitions for wall plate

wall plate

noun
  1. a horizontal timber member placed along the top of a wall to support the ends of joists, rafters, etc, and distribute the load
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