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Concise Encyclopedia of Construction Terms and Phrases by Karl F. Schmid

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A CONCISE (OFT TIMES NOT SO CONCISE), ILLUSTRATED, LEXICON, OF CONSTRUCTION TERMS AND PHRASES

A la carte real estate service: Transactions that are rendered one at a time instead of a commission-based, full service relationship.

A-frame design: A style of house incorporating a high, peaked roof. It has an open and airy interior, featuring open ceiling rafters.

A-valve: A manual gas shut-off valve.

Abacus: A thick square or rectangular plate of any size forming the top of a column.

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The top of a column.

Also, an oblong frame with rows of wires or grooves along which beads are slid to do calculating.

An Abacus.

Abandon: Leaving something in a place, ...

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