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try square

a device for testing the squareness of carpentry work or the like, or for laying out right angles, consisting of a pair of straightedges fixed at right angles to one another.
Origin of try square
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In planing edges test lengthways with the eye and straight-edge of some sort, and crossways by applying the try-square (Fig. 640).

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • To do this, lay them on a flat surface with the ends square and mark them with a try-square.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • The Bevel is in reality a try-square which can be adjusted to any desired angle.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
  • Test all surfaces of the posts with a try-square to see that they are square with each other.

    Mission Furniture H. H. Windsor
  • try-square, a very valuable tool for setting right angles, provided the teacher and pupils know how to use it.

    Primary Handwork Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • The try-square or any straight edge may be used for the same purpose, Fig. 105.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • The advantage of this arrangement is that it is easy to test one's work with the try-square by lifting it up to the light.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Across these lines score accurately with a try-square and knife.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • The miter-square, Fig. 201, is a try-square fixed at an angle of 45°.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Then plane that edge down to the line so made, using the try-square to keep the edge at right angles with the straightened side.

    Hand-Craft John D. Sutcliffe
British Dictionary definitions for try-square

try square

a device for testing or laying out right angles, usually consisting of a metal blade fixed at right angles to a wooden handle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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