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US dialect a dense thicket, usually in marshy land
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Any member shorter than most of the others in a structure, such as a stud beneath a window.
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A structural member, such as a stud above a window, that is cut less than full length.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. In a building frame, a structural element that is shorter than usual, as a stud above a door opening or below a windowsill.
2. In roofing, a bracket that anchors at the ridge line and carries scaffold platforms for roofing workers.
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