Definition of girder in English:


Syllabification: gird·er
Pronunciation: /ˈgərdər


  • A large iron or steel beam or compound structure used for building bridges and the framework of large buildings.
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    • It depicts a construction worker hanging desperately from a steel girder on a building site.
    • Black construction workers tight-rope walked along the high steel girders of the airport building.
    • These segments were supported by steel truss girders on falsework.


early 17th century: from gird1 in the archaic sense 'brace, strengthen'.

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