from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A beam reaching across a wide space, without a central support.
  • noun In ship-building, a fore-and-aft timber uniting the outer ends of the paddle-box beams, and carrying the outboard shaft-bearing.
  • noun An elastic bar at the top of a tilt-hammer jig-saw, or mortising-machine, to accelerate the fall, or afford return motion.
  • noun In a railroad-car, one of two heavy timbers resting on the springs of a six-wheel car-truck, and serving to support the bolster-bridges, which, through the bolster, support the car-body.
  • noun In carpentry, the tie-beam of a truss.


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