Clapper-board

clapboard

2 [klap-bawrd, -bohrd]
noun Movies.
a small board with a hinged stick attached that is clapped down at the beginning of the filming of a shot for use later in synchronizing sound and image in the editing of the film.
Also called clapper board, clapstick [klap-stik] .


Origin:
clap1 + board

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clapboard (ˈklæpˌbɔːd, ˈklæbəd)
 
n
1.  a.  a long thin timber board with one edge thicker than the other, used esp in the US and Canada in wood-frame construction by lapping each board over the one below
 b.  (as modifier): a clapboard house
 
vb
2.  (tr) to cover with such boards
 
[C16: partial translation of Low German klappholt, from klappen to crack + holt wood; related to Dutch claphout; see board]

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clapboard
c.1520, partial transl. of M.Du. klapholt (borrowed into Eng. 14c.), from klappen "to fit" + L.Ger. holt "wood, board."
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