batter board


batter board
noun
Etymology: batter (IV)
: one of a pair of horizontal boards nailed to posts set near the corners of an excavation for a building and used by the builders to indicate a desired level and also as a fastening for stretched strings to mark outlines

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(at a building site) one of a number of boards set horizontally to support strings for outlining the foundation plan of a building.

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batter board,
one of the boards fastened horizontally to posts near the corners of an excavation to which strings are stretched to mark the outlines of the wall or building.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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