from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. timber worked into a wall to tie or strengthen it longitudinally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the timbers placed in horizontal tiers at certain intervals in the walls of buildings, for fixing battens, laths, and other finishings of wood, and for strengthening the wall longitudinally. Also called chain-timber.


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