from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a wooden framework, often exposed, with plaster, brick, stone, or other masonry filling the spaces.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the foundations and principal supports of stout timber, but with all the interstices of the front of the building filled in with plaster: applied to houses built in a decorative style extensively used in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Arch.) Constructed of a timber frame, having the spaces filled in with masonry; -- said of buildings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective architecture Describes a building constructed using timber framing methods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having exposed wood framing with spaces filled with masonry, as in Tudor architecture


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