Purlin Pur"lin, Purline Pur"line, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Arch.) In roof construction, a horizontal member supported on the principals and supporting the common rafters. [1913 Webster]

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  • purlin — or purline [pʉr′lin] n. [ME purlyn < ?] a horizontal timber supporting the rafters of a roof …   English World dictionary

  • Purlin — ♦ Longitudinal horizontal beam. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 414) Related terms: Purlin, Butt, Purlin, Side, Purlin, Through, Purlin, Collar, Ridge Purlin …   Medieval glossary

  • Purlin — In architecture or structural engineering, a purlin (or purline) is a horizontal structural member in a roof. Purlins support the loads from the roof deck or sheathing and are supported by the principal rafters and/or the building walls. The use… …   Wikipedia

  • purlin —    Aho.    ♦ Main house purlin, ke a, ahopueo.    ♦ Horizontal purlin, ahokele.    ♦ Thatch support purlin, a aho, ahopi o kuahui, ahohui …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • purlin — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 15th century a horizontal member in a roof …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • purlin — /perr lin/, n. a longitudinal member in a roof frame, usually for supporting common rafters or the like between the plate and the ridge. Also, purline. See diags. under king post, queen post. [1400 50; late ME purlyn, purloyne, akin to AL perlio; …   Universalium

  • purlin — noun [ˈpɜːrlɪn/ A horizontal structural member bridging two or more rafters of a roof …   Wiktionary

  • Purlin — nm troène Berry …   Glossaire des noms topographiques en France

  • purlin — pÉœrlɪ / pɜːl n. horizontal timber supporting the rafters of a roof …   English contemporary dictionary

  • purlin — [ pə:lɪn] noun a horizontal beam along the length of a roof, resting on principals and supporting the common rafters or boards. Origin ME: perh. of Fr. origin …   English new terms dictionary

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