a framework of crossing beams used for spreading heavy loads over large areas.
Also called grid.

1770–80; < French; see grille, -age Unabridged
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grillage (ˈɡrɪlɪdʒ)
an arrangement of beams and crossbeams used as a foundation on soft ground
[C18: from French, from griller to furnish with a grille]

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The requirements for the construction of steel grillage footings are also covered in this section.
The building was constructed on a concrete base with steel grillage.
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