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straining piece

noun
1.
(in a queen-post roof) a horizontal beam uniting the tops of the two queen posts, and resisting the thrust of the roof.
Also called straining beam.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805
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British Dictionary definitions for straining-piece

straining piece

noun
1.
a horizontal tie beam that connects the top of two queen posts of a roof truss
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