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I-beam

[ahy-beem] /ˈaɪˌbim/
noun
1.
a rolled or extruded metal beam having a cross section resembling an I.
Origin of I-beam
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • He stood at last, quivering, leaning against a gigantic I-beam that supported a heavy-casting freightway.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • Wyman collapsed into the bay of the I-beam as if he'd been kicked in the stomach.

    The Syndic C.M. Kornbluth
  • With two of them straddling the I-beam, the leverage was great enough to pull the plate out.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • I-beam was carried by an outside wall pier and three I-beam columns encased in concrete.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • The other end of the crane in this case is supported by an I-beam on a row of iron columns.

  • Get an I-beam, say about twenty feet long, and see if you can't help lift that crazy mass.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • This is essentially a steel I-beam (A) which grips the logs so that they will not slip.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods Frederick Malcolm Knapp
  • Again the I-beam and handling machine were brought into play, and the plate was unloaded from the car.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • The primary bent consists of four I-beam post bents having channel chords, the whole braced together rigidly by angles.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
British Dictionary definitions for I-beam

I-beam

noun
1.
a rolled steel joist or a girder with a cross section in the form of a capital letter I Compare H-beam
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