One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Wood in planks or strips used as a temporary structure to contain setting concrete, to support the sides of trenches, or similar.
- ‘There's a flexibility in molding concrete by using temporary shuttering or a mould.’
- ‘The walls emerged from the standardized shuttering normally used in concrete construction like a sort of rich cake, carved into by the thin courtyard.’
- ‘But when a Thames spate shifted these supports, Brunel secretly ordered his carpenters to leave a gap between the brickwork and the replaced shuttering.’
- ‘Nowadays tunnels are mainly lined with concrete segments or with concrete pumped in between the excavated ground and internal shuttering.’
- ‘The architect insisted that shuttering supporting the new stonework should be taken down.’
- ‘Forests have been razed (particularly in Queensland) to provide once-used shuttering for elegant poured concrete buildings.’
- ‘Detailed with the same dimension and orientation as the shuttering of the concrete, these linings make reference to the conspicuous layering of construction, to time and the sequence of making.’
- ‘Further, no shuttering is required as this function is provided by the bottom layer concrete blocks.’
- 1.1count noun A temporary structure made from planks.
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