Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of framing together, or uniting, as beams in a fabric.
  • n. A framework or fabric, as of beams.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of framing together, or uniting, as beams in a fabric.
  • n. A framework or fabric, as of beams.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A frame of beams; a story; the beams that bind or support a frame or story.
  • n. The act of framing together or uniting beams in a fabric.

Etymologies

Latin contignatio, from contignare to join with beams; con- + tignum beam. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They were easily led to consider the flames that were consuming France, not as a warning to protect their own buildings (which were without any party wall, and linked by a contignation into the edifice of France,) but as a happy occasion for pillaging the goods, and for carrying off the materials, of their neighbour's house.

    Political Pamphlets

  • They were easily led to consider the flames that were consuming France, not as a warning to protect their own buildings, (which were without any party-wall, and linked by a contignation into the edifice of France,) but as an happy occasion for pillaging the goods, and for carrying off the materials of their neighbor's house.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 05 (of 12)

  • An explication how the parts of the Glass become bent by sudden cold, and how kept from extricating themselves by the contignation of the

    Micrographia Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon

  • The foundations suffer them not to sink, the buttresses suffer them not to swerve, and the contignation and knitting suffers them not to cleave.

    Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions Together with Death's Duel

  • Only, he had one singular advantage for the promotion of his pretence and desire; for whereas this whole contignation of churches into all these storeys, in the top whereof he emerged and lifted up himself, was nothing but an accommodation of the church and its affairs unto the government of the Roman empire, or the setting up of an ecclesiastical image and representation of its secular power and rule, the centring therein of all subordinate powers and orders in one monarch inclined the minds of men to comply with his design as very reasonable.

    A Discourse concerning Evangelical Love, Church Peace, and Unity

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