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balloon frame

noun
1.
a wooden building frame composed of machine-sawed scantlings fastened with nails, having studs rising the full height of the frame with the joists nailed to the studs and supported by sills or by ribbons let into the studs.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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