ceiling joist
Joist Joist (joist), n. [OE. giste, OF. giste, F. g[^i]te, fr. gesir to lie, F. g['e]sir. See {Gist}.] (Arch.) A piece of timber laid horizontally, or nearly so, to which the planks of the floor, or the laths or furring strips of a ceiling, are nailed; -- called, according to its position or use, {binding joist}, {bridging joist}, {ceiling joist}, {trimming joist}, etc. See Illust. of {Double-framed floor}, under {Double}, a. [1913 Webster]

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  • joist — joistless, adj. /joyst/, n. 1. any of a number of small, parallel beams of timber, steel, reinforced concrete, etc., for supporting floors, ceilings, or the like. v.t. 2. to furnish with or fix on joists. [1325 75; ME giste < OF < L *jacitum… …   Universalium

  • joist — UK [dʒɔɪst] / US noun [countable] Word forms joist : singular joist plural joists a long piece of wood or metal put below a floor or ceiling to support it …   English dictionary

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