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wall plate

noun
1.
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.
2.
Machinery. a vertical metal plate secured against a wall, as to attach a bracket.
3.
Mining. one of the longer members of a set.
Compare end plate.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for wall-plate

wall plate

noun
1.
a horizontal timber member placed along the top of a wall to support the ends of joists, rafters, etc, and distribute the load
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