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I've seen the following example sentence for one of the meanings of strut, "Brace (something) with a strut or struts.":

the holes were close-boarded and strutted

The sentence is from Oxford dictionaries

(EDIT: ...and without any further context.)

I haven't found close-boarded or close-board in any dictionary. I have found, however, the term "close board fencing". Does close-boarded mean here that close board fences were put up around the holes (and generally mean "to put up a close board fence")?

  • The holes of what? Does the sentence give that context? It does appear to be a term related to privacy fencing. But you'd have to put the struts on the posts before close-boarding, so I'd expect to see strutted and close-boarded if it were fencing. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 14 '17 at 13:09
  • Unfortunately, there is no more context given for this sentence. In fact, it's the only example sentence given in the dictionary for this meaning, which, in the Oxford dictionaries, is always an indication that the usage is rare (even if it is for "strut" here). – mondegreen dispenser Jul 14 '17 at 13:23
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    It's a bit odd that your dictionary doesn't specifically define close-boarded, given they use the term in their example usages for other words. But if you couldn't extrapolate the meaning from their entries for close (With very little or no space in between) and boarded (covered or sealed with pieces of wood), there's always close-board fence. – FumbleFingers Jul 14 '17 at 14:03
  • Well that's at least something; I had tried to look up a definition for "close-board fence" with OneLook Dictionary search and couldn't find that, either. – mondegreen dispenser Jul 14 '17 at 14:15
  • Why didn't you supply any context from the outset?? – Lambie Jul 14 '17 at 16:14
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... it may be worthwhile considering a close-boarded roof. This means covering the rafters with softwood boarding or ply sheathing before felting, battening, and tiling, providing an extra layer of weather resistance. source

You'll probably have to look up some of the other roof-related jargon (felting, battening) in the sentence. The article goes on to state that this kind of roof was popular in the 1920s and 1930s but is not now because the boards often rot due to poor air flow, and have to be replaced.

So, "close-board" is not a term most native English speakers -- or anyone other than professional roofers -- would know.

(Edit) Close-boarding seems to be a carpentry term meaning to lay the boards so their edges partially overlap, as compared with open-boarding which leaves space between the boards. So a close-boarded fence vs. an open-boarded fence.

  • Thanks. It seems I'm developing a "taste" for questions about terms that most native English speakers wouldn't know... – mondegreen dispenser Jul 15 '17 at 15:25
  • @Turpidude It's a fair question. You don't know that it's esoteric until you ask :) – Andrew Jul 15 '17 at 15:33
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    @Turpidude Also please see my edit, as it seems "close-boarding" applies to all carpentry, not just roofing. – Andrew Jul 15 '17 at 15:38
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The sentence looks like a roof repair context.

Here is a document that describes close board roofing.

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    The document you linked to is an excellent source. This answer would be improved if you summarized some of what it says, in case it one day goes offline. – Adam Jul 14 '17 at 15:28
  • Thanks, that's interesting. I only saw later on Google Books that "close-boarded" appears also in a roofing context. – mondegreen dispenser Jul 15 '17 at 15:20

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