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1. Same as hanger.
2. A bent rod, usually U-shaped or W-shaped; used in reinforced brick or concrete construction.
3. A reinforcing device to resist shear and diagonal tension stresses in a beam.
4. A metal seat, attached to a wall beam or post or hung from a girder, to receive and support a beam or joist.
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