ground beam


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ground beam

2. A horizontal heavy timber or reinforced concrete beam at or near ground level for distributing a load which it supports.

groundsill, ground beam, ground plate, mudsill, sole plate

In a framed structure, the sill which is nearest the ground or on the ground; used to distribute concentrated loads.
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Ground beams for the exact location where the actual factory would be situated have all been successfully completed.
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