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king post

or kingpost, 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.
Origin of king post
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The 'king-post' reached from the centre of the tie-beam to the point of the roof.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • Like a battering ram, this king-post could be driven end-onward against the mighty red-iridescent sphere.

    The Red One Jack London
  • But the old style of king-post, queen-post, or hammer-beam roof was prevalent.

    Chats on Old Furniture Arthur Hayden
  • Sometimes the roof was held up by a single 'king-post' in place of two queen-posts.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • The cross rail, or transom, is strengthened by braces and a king-post to make it lighter and cheaper.

British Dictionary definitions for king-post

king post

a vertical post connecting the apex of a triangular roof truss to the tie beam Also called joggle post Compare queen post
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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