One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A heavy framework of cross-timbering or metal beams forming a foundation for building, especially on soft, wet, or unstable ground.
- ‘Without the luxury of any preexisting steel columns to work with, crews placed the building on a grillage of cast-in-place concrete beams set on base isolators.’
- ‘All of the steel grillages and columns that were left in place or incorporated into the new structure were sandblasted to remove accumulated rust.’
- ‘The structural grillages may bear upon load cells equipped to signal the build-up of sludge on the interior of the liner.’
- ‘To prevent this central space from overheating, the glass is protected by an external grillage of fixed wooden louvres.’
- ‘All exposed steel parts of the grillages were protected by a three-coat paint system.’
Late 18th century: from French (see grille, -age).
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