dragging piece

dragon beam, dragon piece

A short, horizontal piece of timber which bisects the angle formed by the wall plate at the corner of a wood-frame building; one end serves to receive and support the foot of a hip rafter; the other end is supported by a dragon tie.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Morning, noon, and night, morning, noon, and night, each recurring with its accompanying monotony, always the same reluctant return of the same sequences of machinery, like a dragging piece of clockwork.
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'The clouds formed, then popped, disgorging hideous monsters - skeletal beings dragging pieces of purple and black matter that at one time might have been portions of their bodies; strings of eyeballs trailed behind them on the ground as they capered and slid down the pyre, eagerly grabbing at one of the humans still chained to the ground.'