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Dictionary of Construction Terms- for free


Welcome to the ultimate guide to construction terminology. If you’ve ever felt lost in a sea of jargon at a construction site or while discussing building projects, you’re in the right place. Here, you’ll find a comprehensive dictionary of construction terms that will help you navigate the world of construction with confidence.

Foundation and Structure Terms

  • Footing: A footing is a structural element that transfers loads from a building to the soil. It is typically made of concrete and serves as the base of a foundation.
  • Beam: Beams are horizontal structural elements that support the weight of the structure above them. They distribute the load to the columns or walls.

Roofing and Framing Terms


A truss is a rigid framework of beams or rafters used to support a roof or bridge. Trusses are engineered to bear specific loads efficiently.


Rafters are sloped beams that support the roof covering. They are typically spaced at regular intervals and form the basic framework of a roof.

Finishing and Interior Terms


Drywall, also known as plasterboard or wallboard, is a panel made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper. It is used to create interior walls and ceilings.


Baseboards are decorative and functional trim installed at the base of walls. They cover the joint between the wall and the floor while adding a finishing touch to the room.


Navigating the world of construction can be daunting, but with a solid understanding of construction terminology, you’ll be well-equipped to communicate effectively and understand the intricacies of building projects. This dictionary of construction terms serves as a valuable resource for beginners and seasoned professionals alike. Happy building!

About the Book

The dictionary contains not only construction and engineering terminology, but also a wealth of definitions of terms related to law, litigation, adjudication, and arbitration that parties in today’s society should know. It is important for parties involved in construction, engineering, and technology to understand the actual meaning of words used by other parties.

Understanding what a “quoin” is is often just as important as understanding what an actual or would-be attorney means when they refers to “Quantum Meruit.

I believe this dictionary is extremely important for people at all levels in the construction, engineering, and technology business. For trainees and experienced personnel in the construction and engineering business, as well as those in and out of the legal and construction professions, a good, widely drawn dictionary is essential.

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