from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A beam, as of steel, wood, or reinforced concrete, used as a main horizontal support in a building or bridge.
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- n. A beam of steel, wood, or reinforced concrete, used as a main horizontal support in a building or structure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who girds; a satirist.
- n. One who, or that which, girds.
- n. A main beam; a stright, horizontal beam to span an opening or carry weight, such as ends of floor beams, etc.; hence, a framed or built-up member discharging the same office, technically called a compound girder. See Illusts. of Frame, and Doubleframed floor, under Double.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which girds, binds, or encircles. Specifically A main beam of either wood or iron, resting with each end upon a wall or pier, used to support a superstructure or a superincumbent weight, as a floor, the upper wall of a house, the roadway of a bridge, or the like.
- n. one who girds or gibes; a satirist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a beam made usually of steel; a main support in a structure
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"There it is!" she exclaims, pointing to a dark blob, perched incongruously halfway along the main girder supporting the rig's permanently burning gas flare.
W.J. M. Rankine proved (_Applied M.chanics_, p. 370) that the necessary strength of a stiffening girder would be only one-seventh part of that of an independent girder of the same span as the bridge, suited to carry the same moving load (not including the dead weight of the girder which is supported by the chain).
It is the introduction of this rigid girder which is responsible for the descriptive generic term of "semi-rigid."
A column or girder which is out of line or plumb not only looks bad but may be required to be removed and corrected by the engineer.
This is due to a folding of the blastodermic wall by what is called the "girder," a plug-shaped growth of Rauber's "roof-layer."
The Aussi government recently launched a $12.9 billion program to girder the country's water supplies against climate change and is requiring ongoing climate adaptation reviews every five years.
Called the Window on the World, it is a true cabinet of curiosities with more that 800 objects, including a Tay Bridge girder and a 1930s gyrocopter, displayed up to 18 metres high.
The wing must also resist twisting forces, done either by a monocoque "D" tube structure forming the leading edge, or by the aforementioned linking two spars in some form of box beam or lattice girder structure.
The piece of girder was donated to the park in 2002 by New York's mayor at the time, Rudy Giuliani, at Jones' request.
I could easily imagine a compressed girder column converting some of that much energy into light, heat and sound.