(in a queen-post roof) a horizontal beam uniting the tops of the two queen posts, and resisting the thrust of the roof.
a horizontal tie beam that connects the top of two queen posts of a roof truss
noun 1. (in a roof with a queen post) a compression member lying along the tie beam and separating the feet of the struts.
verb (used with object) 1. to draw tight or taut, especially to the utmost tension; stretch to the full: to strain a rope. 2. to exert to the utmost: to strain one’s ears to catch a sound. 3. to impair, injure, or weaken (a muscle, tendon, etc.) by stretching or overexertion. 4. to cause mechanical […]
noun 1. Often, straits. (used with a singular verb) a narrow passage of water connecting two large bodies of water. 2. Often, straits. a position of difficulty, distress, or need: Ill and penniless, he was in sad straits indeed. 3. Archaic. a narrow passage or area. 4. an isthmus. adjective, Archaic. 5. narrow: Strait is […]
verb (used with object) 1. to put into difficulties, especially financial ones: His obligations had straitened him. 2. to restrict in range, extent, amount, pecuniary means, etc: Poverty straitens one’s way of living. 3. Archaic. to make narrow. to confine within narrow limits. verb 1. (transitive; usually passive) to embarrass or distress, esp financially 2. […]