Wall-plate definition

A horizontal timber situated along the top of a wall at the level of the eaves for bearing the ends of joists or rafters.
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A plate used to attach a bracket or similar device to a wall.
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A timber laid horizontally along a wall to support the ends of joists, girders, etc. and distribute their weight.
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Noun

Singular:
wall-plate
Plural:
wall plates