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[muhd-sil] /ˈmʌdˌsɪl/
the lowest sill of a structure, usually placed in or on the ground.
Also called footplate.
Origin of mudsill
1675-85; mud + sill Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Base plates should be centered on the mudsill and secured to prevent movement.
  • Protection of the existing floor by installing mudsill plate under jacks is required.
  • The mudsill is tilted, to begin with, and the plates aren't fastened to it at all.
Word Origin and History for mudsill

1680s, "lowest sill of a house," from mud + sill. The word entered U.S. political history in a speech by James M. Hammond of South Carolina, March 4, 1858, in U.S. Senate, alluding scornfully to the very mudsills of society, and the term subsequently was embraced by Northern workers in the pre-Civil War sectional rivalry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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