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[fawls-wurk] /ˈfɔlsˌwɜrk/
framework for supporting a structure under construction that is not yet capable of supporting itself.
Origin of falsework
1870-75; false + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is well also to give the girder molds a camber or to crown them to allow for settling of the falsework.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • When the steel—the trusses—is up and riveted, then away with the falsework.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • We are familiar with the falsework of a concrete building under construction.

  • The new span was then in place, and the old one—ready to be dismantled—stood on falsework at the side.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • You make bold to ask what the engineer does when the river is too deep to admit of falsework.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • They had met Jake at the base of the falsework, and he came along, leaving his bundle.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • The falsework was rapidly removed and the sustaining framework was painted with opaque varnish to render it plainly visible.

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • Within a great cage of falsework Marie Louise could see the 178 ship that Davidge had dedicated to his mother.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • One thing, however, the engineer must insist upon—that all centering and falsework be as nearly rigid as possible.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for falsework


a framework supporting something under construction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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