king post

a structural member running vertically between the apex and base of a triangular roof truss.
Machinery. a rotating or stationary column for supporting tackle or booms used in lifting.
Also, kingpost, king-post.

1770–80 Unabridged
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king post
Compare queen post Also called: joggle post a vertical post connecting the apex of a triangular roof truss to the tie beam

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Example sentences
It consists of four timber king post trusses that are suspended from steel cables.
The nave and the chancel have vaulted wood paneled ceilings supported by king post trusses.
The angle between the barge boards at each gable was fitted with a decorative king post truss.
Closely related in design to the king post, the queen post is another early truss form.
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