two-by-four


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two-by-four

A piece of timber, nominally 2 in.(5 cm) thick by 4 in. (10 cm) wide, but actually 1? in. by 3? in. (4.13 cm by 9.21 cm).
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At first, connections among the panels were not apparent, but eventually the eye perceived that each tangle of finely grained two-by-fours and each partially built brick wall fitted with those around it in what amounted to a perspective exercise.
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