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wall plate

Also called raising plate. Building Trades. a horizontal member built into or laid along the top of a wall to support and distribute the pressure from joists, rafters, etc.
Machinery. a vertical metal plate secured against a wall, as to attach a bracket.
Mining. one of the longer members of a set.
Compare end plate.
Origin of wall plate
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There is also a fifth wall-plate which lies along the tops of the pillars in the front.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • A wall-plate on the outside of one beam, from end to end, measures two feet by ten inches.

  • Measure the height from the floor to the top of the wall-plate— Hukur-lah tinggi-nia deri lantei sampei ka-atas kapala-tiang.

    A Manual of the Malay language William Edward Maxwell
  • This building may have measured forty feet in length by twenty in depth, and seventeen from the ground-line to the wall-plate.

    The People Of The Mist H. Rider Haggard
  • From time to time she glances round the floor and wall-plate, and, whenever she hears a noise, she reaches for the stick.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • The fine panelled roof covering the N. aisle should be observed, and the projecting figures on the wall-plate of the nave.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Originally determined by the slat of wood which strengthened the wall-plate at the point of its perforation by the trunnels.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Roof′let, a small roof or covering; Roof′-plate, a wall-plate which receives the lower ends of the rafters of a roof.

  • These were of squared timber, as was the floor also, and the outer frame and wall-plate.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • The east side contains a wall-plate of early date, and more of the interesting early work.

British Dictionary definitions for wall-plate

wall plate

a horizontal timber member placed along the top of a wall to support the ends of joists, rafters, etc, and distribute the load
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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