open timbering[′ō·pən ′tim·bə·riŋ]
A method of supporting the ground in a mine shaft or tunnel; supports are several feet apart, with the ground between them secured by struts.
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open sheeting, open sheathing, open timbering
Horizontal or vertical planks or boards placed at intervals along the face of an excavation; used where the soil is sufficiently firm to make close sheeting unnecessary and where groundwater is not a problem.
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