Term Definition
Eraser 0 likes
A rubbery substance employed by drafters to eliminate pencil or ink marks from their drawings
Erasing Machine 0 likes
A hand-held electric motor device that rotates an eraser that drafters employ to remove pencil or ink marks
Erasing Shield 0 likes
A narrow metal stencil with holes of different sizes and shapes, enabling a drafter to erase ink and pencil marks with accuracy
Erect 0 likes
To construct or build by assembling parts
Vertical or upright
Erection 2 likes
A structure or building
Ergonomics 0 likes
Applied science concerned with the effect of the physical environment on a person’s comfort and health; for example, ascertaining the correct chair height for office workers
Erode 1 like
Gradual deterioration or destruction
Erosion 0 likes
Gradual deterioration of material due to abrasive activity
Deterioration due to wind or water motion
Degeneration of paint films
Errors and Omissions Insurance 0 likes
Insurance held by architects and engineers to indemnify their clients against losses due to an architect or engineer’s professional negligence; also called E and O Insurance, Malpractice Insurance, or Professional Indemnity Insurance
Escalation 1 like
The acceleration of building expenses due to inflation or other issues
Escalator 0 likes
A power-driven stairway in an endless belt that goes up or down without interruption
Escheat 0 likes
The transfer of property to the state when a person passes away without a will or heirs
Escrow 2 likes
The handling of documents or funds by a third party on behalf of the buyer and/or seller that is released only after a specific condition has been met
Escutcheon 0 likes
A decorative plate surrounding a pipe that passes through a floor or wall to conceal the hole that has been cut
Essential Facilities 0 likes
Buildings, structures, or accommodations designated essential and projected to be secure and functional following an earthquake; includes hospitals and other medical facilities with surgery or emergency treatment areas, fire and police stations, or government communication and disaster facilities and accommodations
Essential Oils 1 like
Volatile, liquid compounds with an odor, usually derived from plants; not necessarily oils, but have low solubility in water; examples include cedar, bergamot, lavender, and camphor oil; used to flavor food, and in perfumery
Essential Services Act 0 likes
An act that that essential services buildings shall be ready to provide essential services to the public following a disaster; the building will be designed and built to minimize fire hazards, and to resist to the greatest extent, the forces created by an earthquake, gravity, water, and wind
Estate 1 like
The entire ownership of property, possessions and monies
The assets of the deceased
A large property, normally with a large residence
Ester 2 likes
Organic compound produced from an alcohol and an organic acid by removing water
Ester Gum 0 likes
Resin created synthetically by the reaction of rosin and glycerine
Estimate 1 like
The material, labor, and other expenses that a contractor forecasts for a project, described in the contractor‘s proposal bid
To roughly calculate the amount, or value of something
Estimate of Construction Cost, Detailed 1 like
A calculation of expenses based on detailed material and labor analysis for all work items
Estimating 1 like
A process of calculating the essential quantity of materials, labor and equipment for a particular project; might be formal and precise, or quick and inexact
ET 1 like
See Net Effective Temperature
Etch 0 likes
Transferring designs to metal or glass by using corrosive acidic action; employing acid to cut lines into metal or eliminate the surface of concrete
Etch Acid 0 likes
A chemical solution employed for etching
Etched Nails 1 like
Nails, chemically treated in order to enhance their holding power for wood framing
Ethane 0 likes
A highly flammable colorless odorless gas
Ethanol 0 likes
A colorless alcohol
Ethyl Acetate 0 likes
Fast evaporating solvent produced from acetic acid and ethyl alcohol
Ethyl Alcohol2 likes
ethyl alcohol
Alcohol produced by distilling fermented grain
Ethyl Chloride 0 likes
Toxic refrigerant, now rarely employed
Ethyl Lactate 1 like
Solvent produced by combining lactic acid and ethyl alcohol
Ethylene Plastic 2 likes
Plastics based on resins produced by polymerizing ethylene or copolymerizing ethylene with at least one unsaturated compound
ETS 0 likes
Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Eutectic 0 likes
A particular mixture of two substances, especially an alloy, providing the lowest freezing point of all combinations of the two constituents
Eutectic Point 1 like
Freezing temperature for eutectic solutions
Eutectic Salts 0 likes
Materials that melt at low temperatures absorbing large amounts of heat; afterwards, during recrystallization, the heat is discharged
A method employed to store solar energy
Evaporate 0 likes
When a liquid changes into a gas or vapor below its boiling point; heat is absorbed in the process
Evaporation Rate 0 likes
Rate of evaporation of a solvent
Evaporation Rate, Final 2 likes
Time lapsed for the total evaporation of all solvents
Evaporation Rate, Initial 1 like
Time interval during which low-boiling solvents totally evaporate
Evaporative Condenser 0 likes
Device employing open spray or spill water to lower the temperature of a condenser; evaporation of some of the water cools down the condenser water and lowers water intake
Evaporator 0 likes
A device that turns the liquid form of a chemical into a gaseous state
Evaporator (Dry Type) 0 likes
Evaporator where the refrigerant is in droplets
Evaporator (Flooded) 1 like
Evaporator that always contains liquid refrigerant
Evaporator Coil 0 likes
The component of a cooling system absorbing heat from air; see condensing unit
Evaporator Fan 1 like
Fan that boosts airflow over an evaporator’s heat exchange surface
Evaporator Pressure Regulator 0 likes
Automatic pressure regulating valve that maintains a specified temperature and pressure in the evaporator in the suction line between evaporator outlet and compressor inlet
Eviction 0 likes
The legal process of forcing a defaulting tenant to leave a property
Evidence 1 like
Testimony, documents, and items presented in a judicial proceeding to validate the assertions of either party
EVT 0 likes
Equi-Viscous Temperature
EWC 0 likes
Electric Water Cooler
EWWF 0 likes
Electrically Welded Wire Fabric
EWWM 0 likes
Electrically Welded Wire Mesh
Ex Parte Proceeding 0 likes
When a party in a dispute appears before a judge without the other person’s presence
Excavation 1 like
A hole formed by digging, hollowing out, or scooping
Excelsior 1 like
Wood wool
Exclusive Agency 0 likes
A listing agreement to sell or lease property during a given period with a real estate broker that excludes other brokers; the owner still has the right to sell the property without paying commission
Exclusive Listing 2 likes
Exclusive Agency listing
Exclusive Right to Sell 0 likes
A listing agreement to sell or lease ones property during a specified period with a real estate broker, excluding other brokers; the broker will still receive a commission if the property is sold by the owner
Excrete 0 likes
To isolate and discharge waste matter produced during the metabolic process
Exculpatory Clause 0 likes
A provision in a contract relieving a party of liability in executing the contract; usually issued by the party seeking to absolve itself of liability
Execute 0 likes
1.To carry out some intention, action, or work
To authenticate a legal document through signature
Executive Ability 0 likes
The ability to manage and delegate people and tasks, and deal with the various responsibilities involved in running a business; management ability
Executor 1 like
A person or entity designated to carry out the provisions of a will
Executri 2 likes
A female executor
Exemplary Damages 0 likes
Damages awarded to a plaintiff and against a defendant in a lawsuit to punish the defendant’s wrongdoing when the acts were willfully malicious, oppressive, fraudulent, violent, or extremely negligent; also called punitive damages
Exercise Bicycle 0 likes
A stationary bicycle employed for fitness and health
Exfiltration 0 likes
Gradual flow of air from indoors to the exterior
Exfoliate 0 likes
Abrasion and elimination of fine layers or flakes from a surface
Exhaust Fan2 likes
exhaust fan
An electrically driven device that extracts dust, fumes, or odors from an area
Exhaust Hood1 like
exhaust hood
A hood, generally square or rectangular, that accommodates an exhaust fan which extracts dust, fumes, or odors from an area
Exhaust Port 0 likes
An aperture that conveys fluid through to the downstream pressure of a system
Exhaust Valve 0 likes
A portable port which serves as a vent for cylinder gases in an engine or compressor
Exhaust Ventilation 1 like
Mechanical extraction of air from a section of a building
Exhibit 2 likes
A document or item presented as evidence in a court of law
Exit 0 likes
A passage, door through which a person or object may leave a room or building; egress
Exit Device2 likes
exit device
Panic hardware
Exit Light 0 likes
A light device mounted above an exit door that remains illuminated in the event of a power outage; independently powered and deliberately positioned to guide those who want to leave a building or structure
Exit Lock 1 like
A dead bolt unit installed in an exit door
Exit Sign2 likes
exit sign
A sign that points the way out of a building or room
Exothermic Reaction 0 likes
A reaction which radiates heat
Expansion 1 like
An increase in dimensions, often when heat is applied
Expansion Coefficient 0 likes
The increase in volume or length per unit for each temperature rise of one degree Fahrenheit
Expansion Joint 0 likes
Fibrous material, 1/2 inch thick, mounted in and surrounding a concrete slab to enable it to move vertically along the stationary foundation wall
Expansion Screed 0 likes
A sheet metal plaster screed allowing for some movement of adjacent panels of external plaster
Expansion Shield 3 likes
Device placed in predrilled concrete or masonry holes that gets bigger while a bolt or screw is inserted tightly; employed to secure items
Expansion Valve0 likes
expansion valve
Pressure-operated, device in a refrigerating system that lowers the pressure from the high to low side
Expansive Soils 0 likes
Earth that expands and contracts based on its water content; Betonite is considered an expansive soil
Expendable Refrigerant System 1 like
See Chemical Refrigeration
Experimental Analysis 0 likes
Analysis characterized by empirical observation of measurable behavior which is predictable and controllable
Expert Witness 0 likes
A witness whose skill, experience, education, or knowledge of a subject is recognized as qualified to give an informed opinion on issues pertaining to that subject
Explosive 0 likes
A volatile material employed to dislodge or loosen certain formations of rock and earth; dramatic and sudden
Explosive Limits 0 likes
The ratio of solvent vapor to air range where the mixture will explode if lit; at atmospheric pressure, the critical ratio spans from about 1 to 12 percent of solvent vapor by volume
Exposed Aggregate Finish 1 like
A way of finishing concrete that cleans the cementsand mixture from the uppermost layer of the aggregate, normally gravel; commonly employed in patios, driveways and other outdoor surfaces
Exposed Grid 0 likes
A suspended acoustic ceiling framework that can be seen below, after construction is completed
Exposure 0 likes
Being in contact with an environmental or social situation that has consequences, beneficial or detrimental
The plate or film subjected to light when taking a photograph
Wooden shake or shingle component that is subjected to the elements
Expressway 0 likes
Multi-lane superhighway for fast moving vehicles that has entrance and exit ramps at specified distances, no cross roads, and no pedestrians; also known as a Freeway
Extender 0 likes
Low cost pigment that enhances flow, decreases gloss, and stabilizes the suspension
Extension Ladder1 like
extension ladder
A flat ladder that can be lengthened by sliding one part over another to add more height
Extension Link 0 likes
A device employed to increase a bored lock’s backset
Exterior Door 0 likes
A door fabricated to endure the elements; facilitates entry and exit from a building or structure to the exterior
Exterior Elevation 0 likes
Architectural drawing that illustrates the projection on an upright plane of a building’s exterior surface
Exterior Fixture 0 likes
An electrical lighting fitting that may be installed outside, due to its capacity to endure the elements
Exterior Painting 0 likes
Adding sealer or paint to an outside surface
Exterior Plywood 0 likes
Plywood that is bonded with adhesive and is highly resistant to the elements, water at varying temperatures, microorganisms, dry heat, and steam
Exterior Tile 0 likes
Tile used in outside functions
Exterior Veneer 0 likes
Veneer added to surfaces exposed to the elements
Exterior Wall 0 likes
Any external wall other than a party wall serving as a vertical enclosed area of a building
Exterior Wood Door Trim 0 likes
Finish parts of wood, such as moldings, applied around the openings of exterior doors
Exterior Wood Trim 0 likes
Finish components of wood including moldings, mounted around varying openings on outside surfaces
External Drive1 like
external drive
A drive with its own separate power supply and fan outside the computer system enclosure that can be connected to a computer by a cable
External Vibrator 0 likes
Vibrating device connected to formwork in order to strengthen fresh concrete; mainly employed in precast construction
Extinguisher, Fire1 like
fire extinguisher
See Fire Extinguisher
Extra Work 0 likes
Work performed by a contractor that was not within the scope of the work specified in the original contract
Extract 0 likes
To get something with effort
To separate from a mixture by physical or chemical means
To obtain something from its source
A concentrated product
Copy or take a passage of text from a larger piece of text
Obtaining a natural resource from the earth
Extractive Bleeding 0 likes
Stains appearing on the surface of wood as a result of extractives leached out by moisture or water
Extractor 0 likes
A laundry mechanism that eliminates water from laundered fabrics via high speed centrifugal spinning so they are damp and prepared for tumble drying with hot air
Extrados 0 likes
The outside curve in a vault or arch
Extraordinary Flood 1 like
A deluge of water of greater volume than is anticipated in a given place; overflow from a source such as a broken pipe or river
Extrapolate 0 likes
To employ known facts from which to draw inferences or conclusions about the unknown, assuming that existing trends will continue or similar approaches will be pertinent
Extras 0 likes
Additional work asked of a contractor that was not included in the original contract; invoiced separately but does not change the original contract, although building costs are increased
Extrusion 0 likes
Something that bulges out or protrudes from its surroundings; also forcing soft material through a mold or nozzle
Eye 0 likes
Organ of sight
Center of a tropical cyclone that has completely calm light wind and no rain; calm area at the center of a storm
A loop that receives a small hook
A metal through which a rod or rope can be inserted
When a person pays attention by gazing
Eyebolt, Forged1 like
forged eyebolt
A heavyweight metal bolt with an eye at its end that may be employed as a fastening mechanism
Eyebrow 0 likes
A small roofed protrusion that extends from a building or structure
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