• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Madrier A thick plank, used for several mechanical purposes
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n madrier In milit. engin.
    • n madrier In the seventeenth century, a heavy timber forming the chief or central part of the carriage of a cannon or mortar; hence, the whole carriage or mounting of a piece of artillery.
    • n madrier A plank lined with tin and covered with earth for roofing over certain parts of military works, in order to afford protection in lodgments, etc.
    • n madrier A plank used to support the earth in a mine, or in a moat or ditch to support a wall.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from Sp. madero, or Pg. madeiro, fr. Sp. madera, wood for building, timber, Pg. madeira, L. materia, stuff, materials, lumber. See Matter