Definition of Clapboard

1. Noun. A long thin board with one edge thicker than the other; used as siding by lapping one board over the board below.

Exact synonyms: Weatherboard, Weatherboarding
Generic synonyms: Siding

2. Verb. Cover with clapboards.
Generic synonyms: Cover

Definition of Clapboard

1. n. A narrow board, thicker at one edge than at the other; -- used for weatherboarding the outside of houses.

2. v. t. To cover with clapboards; as, to clapboard the sides of a house.

Definition of Clapboard

1. Noun. A narrow board, usually thicker at one edge than the other, used as siding for houses and similar structures of frame construction. ¹

2. Noun. Such boards, arranged horizontally and overlapping with thick edge down, collectively, as siding. ¹

3. Noun. (archaic UK) An oak board of a size used for barrel staves. ¹

4. Verb. To cover with clapboards. ¹

5. Noun. (film) A clapper board; a device used in film production, having hinged boards that are brought together with a clap, used to synchronize picture and sound at the start of each take of a motion picture or other video production. ¹

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Definition of Clapboard

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Clapboard

clap on
clap skate
clap together
clap up
clapboard (current term)
clapped out

Literary usage of Clapboard

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1. Our Boys and Girls by Oliver Optic (1871)
"Then my son's tender attachment — clapboard. It's some trick played to frighten you. ... clapboard. The next floor above is occupied by Mr. Peter Picket, ..."

2. The History of Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, from the Settlement by Elizabeth Hubbell Godfrey Schenck (1904)
"Indian deed of clapboard Hill.— Highways between Long-lots.—County officers.—Preservation of forests.—Duties on wood exports.—Strict religious laws. ..."

3. The New England Gazetteer: Containing Descriptions of the States, Counties by John Hayward (1857)
"... with & large number of clapboard, lath, and shingle machines. These are the best mills in the state, and give employment to 150 men. Machine Shops. ..."

4. The Water-power of Maine by Maine Hydrographic Survey (1868)
"On the first dam, saw mill, shingle mill, clapboard machine. On the second dam, shingle machine, three grist mills, and a carding machine. ..."

5. A Treatise on the Inspection of Concrete Construction: Containing Practical by Jerome Cochran (1913)
"clapboard Finish.—Exterior forms may be arranged by letting the outside boards 1 in. thick lap over each other, the exposed width being about 10 in., ..."

6. The Young Folks' Cyclopædia of Common Things by John Denison Champlin (1884)
"Different kinds are named from their uses, shape, etc., as shingle, clapboard, floor, horseshoe, trunk, and harness nails, and tacks, brads, and spikes. ..."

7. Pittsburgh: A Sketch of Its Early Social Life by Dahlinger, Charles William, 1858- (1916)
"So well known was "clapboard Row" that the merchants who had their establishments there were fond of advertising the fact. Practically all the occupants ..."

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