from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A network or frame of timber or steel serving as a foundation, usually on ground that is wet or soft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a foundation of crisscrossing timber or steel beams, usually for spreading heavy loads over large areas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A framework of sleepers and crossbeams forming a foundation in marshy or treacherous soil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In engineering, a framework composed of heavy beams laid longitudinally and crossed at right angles by similar beams notched upon them, used to sustain a foundation and prevent it from settling unevenly in soil of unequal compressibility.
  • n. In lace, a background of separate bars or brides, not woven together into a texture.


French, from Old French, trellis, from greille, gridiron; see grill.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originated 1770–80 from French grillage. (Wiktionary)



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