Term Definition
Machine Room 0 likes
Room which houses commercial and industrial refrigeration machinery (except the evaporators)
Macrozones 0 likes
Sizeable zones of earthquake activity defined by the Uniform Building Code Map
Madder 0 likes
Coloring matter originally derived from a pulverized plant root, now mostly produced synthetically
Magnesium Silicate 0 likes
White extender pigment which adds fluffiness to substances; provides very slight opacity
Magnet 0 likes
A solid body that can attract iron and create a magnetic field outside itself
Magnetic 0 likes
Having the characteristics of a magnet
Magnetic Catch 0 likes
A cabinet catch that employs a magnet to keep the door closed
Magnetic Clutch 0 likes
Apparatus controlled by magnetism that connects and disconnects a power drive
Magnetic Compass 0 likes
An instrument that displays magnetic north direction and compass bearings
Magnetic Core 0 likes
Magnetic field center
Magnetic Door Holder1 like
magnetic door holder
A door holder that employs a magnet to maintain it in an open position
Magnetic Field 0 likes
Area of variable force around magnets, magnetic substances, or current-carrying conductors
Magnetic Gasket 0 likes
Door-sealing material that maintains a tightly closed door using small magnets in a gasket
Magnetic Hammer1 like
magnetic hammer
A special hammer magnetically sensitized to grip a metal fastener
Magnetic Pole 0 likes
Either of the north or south poles of a magnet
Magnetic Starter1 like
magnetic starter
Automatic protective equipment operated by an electromagnet that insures a motor does not receive too much current during start up
Magnetism 0 likes
A field of force by which a magnet attracts iron, nickel-cobalt or other ferrous materials
Magnetite 0 likes
An aggregate made up mainly of ferrous metaferrite, a black magnetic iron ore, used in heavyweight concrete
Magnetron 0 likes
A diode vacuum tube where the electron flow is controlled by an external magnetic field to generate power at microwave frequencies; the active element of a microwave oven
Magnification Factor 0 likes
Intensification of lateral forces at a particular site for a specific factor or set of conditions
Magnitude 0 likes
Measurement of the size of an earthquake in terms of the quantity of energy released
Mahogany Veneer 0 likes
Thin layer of straight-grained mid-density wood for exterior decorative purposes
MAI 0 likes
Member of the Appraisal Institute; a professional description of a licensed real estate appraiser
Mail Chute1 like
mail chute
Inclined or vertical hollow channel through which mail travels
Main 0 likes
The chief pipe, duct, or cable in an electrical, gas, water, sewer or other utility system
Main Breaker1 like
main breaker
A switch which operates the service wires in the main electrical service panel
Primary protective electrical service apparatus where power enters a building
Main Drain 0 likes
See Main Outlet
Main Outlet 0 likes
Outlet fitting at the bottom of a swimming pool, hot tub or spa through which water passes to the recirculating pump; also called Main Drain or Sump Pot
Main Runners 0 likes
The heaviest supporting components of a suspended ceiling; primary runners are reinforced by hangers secured to the building structure which support furring channels or rods to which lath is attached
Main Switch 0 likes
See Service Disconnect
Maintenance 0 likes
Organized preservation of property or equipment
Maintenance Equipment 0 likes
Tools to preserve and clean property or equipment
Maintenance Painting 0 likes
Repair painting; any painting done after the first paint job
All painting except the painting completed for aesthetic purposes
Maisonette 0 likes
A small house
An apartment with two floors
Maisoning 0 likes
Process of planning, keying and master keying a building; particularly multifaceted hotel and office building systems
Majolica 0 likes
Decorated earthenware with an opaque glaze
Make-Up Air 0 likes
Fresh air brought entering a building through the ventilation system
Make-Up Water 0 likes
Fresh water employed to fill or refill a swimming pool
Male 0 likes
A part designed to fit into female part; external threads are male
Male Thread 0 likes
External threads on a pipe or fitting
Malice 0 likes
Conscious desire to do harm
Malicious Prosecution 0 likes
Pursuing a lawsuit with intent to do harm without probable cause
Mall 0 likes
An enclosed walk or promenade
A shopping area grouped around a common pedestrian area serving the general public
Malleable 0 likes
When metals can be formed into new shapes by hammering and bending
Malleable Iron 0 likes
Iron that can be hammered or bent into a new shape without breaking
Malleable Strap 0 likes
A metal fastening plate that can be hammered or bent into a new shape without breaking
Mallet1 like
mallet
A hammer with a wood head
Malpractice 0 likes
Negligent action or omission by a professional
Malpractice Insurance 0 likes
See Errors and Omissions Insurance
Managerial Competence 0 likes
Capable of fulfilling the responsibilities and functions associated with management such as planning, control, communication, and cooperation
Mandrel1 like
mandrel
A metal bar serving as the center around which material is cast, molded, bent, forged, or formed differently
The shaft and bearings on which a tool is installed, such as with a drill or circular saw
Mandrel Test 0 likes
A physical bending test for bonding and flexibility
Manganese 0 likes
Grey-white, tough, brittle, metallic element similar to iron but not magnetic
Mineral that is in the clay employed in brickmaking
Manhole 0 likes
A hole where a person may pass to access an underground or enclosed structure
Manhole Base 0 likes
Cast iron frame which fits a manhole cover
Manhole Cover 0 likes
A heavy steel or iron cover employed to access underground work via a manhole
Manhole Removal 0 likes
Excavating a manhole and removing it
Manhole, Communication 0 likes
See Communication Manhole
Manhole, Electric 0 likes
See Electric Manhole
Manhole, Watertight 0 likes
See Watertight Manhole
Manifold 0 likes
A pipe fitting with many lateral outlets to join a pipe with other pipes
Manifold Gauge1 like
manifold gauge
Chamber device made to hold compound and high-pressure gauges; valves control fluid flow through it
Manifold, Service 0 likes
See Service Manifold
Manila Paper 0 likes
See Cream Paper
Manila Resins 0 likes
Alcohol soluble natural resin
Manometer1 like
manometer
Pressure gauge for gases and liquids
Manor 0 likes
The house of a landed estate
Mansard Roof 0 likes
A hip roof with four sloping sides, each becoming steeper part of the way down
Mansion 0 likes
A large impressive residence
Mantel 0 likes
Protruding shelf above a fireplace opening; also can be a decorative trim around a fireplace opening
Mantle 0 likes
The main part of the earth that lies between the crust and the core
Manual 0 likes
Achieved by way of the hands
A book of instructions for operating a machine, or carrying out a procedure
Manual Frost Control 0 likes
Manual control that produces defrosting in a refrigerating system
Manual Proportioning Control 0 likes
Control system where proportions of aggregate and asphalt are controlled by gates or valves manually in an asphalt batching plant; the system may also include power assist apparatus to open and close the gate and valves
Manufactory 0 likes
A factory
Manufacture 0 likes
Producing items usually in a factory for industrial purposes
Manufactured Roof 0 likes
Factory-produced roof system
Manufactured Wall 0 likes
Factory-produced wall system
Manufactured Wood 0 likes
Wood item such as a gluelam, truss, joist, or a beam made from smaller wood pieces and glued or mechanically secured to create a larger product; often used to create a sturdier part that uses less wood. See also Oriented Strand Board
Manufacturer’s Specifications 0 likes
Written instructions from the manufacturer which may need to be implemented to maintain the warrantee of an item
Manufacturer’s Bond 0 likes
Surety company’s guarantee that it will honor a manufacturer’s liability to finance repairs created by ordinary wear generally limited to 5, 10, 15 or 20 years
Map 0 likes
Two-dimensional visual representation of all or a part of the earth’s surface
Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) 0 likes
11 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100, Deerfield, Illinois 60015, Tel: (888) 480-9138, URL: www.maplefloor.org
Mar 0 likes
To disfigure, spoil or detract from something
Marble1 like
marble
Granular to compact crystallized limestone that can take a high polish, employed in architecture and sculpture
Marble Chips 0 likes
Maximally hard graded collective produced from crushed marble thrown or blown onto a soft plaster bedding coat to create marblecrete
Marble Flooring 0 likes
A floor finished with marble
Marble Mosaic Tile 0 likes
Tile consisting of small varying marble pieces that generally about ½ inch square
Marble Paver 0 likes
Hard, tough igneous stone employed on driveways and patios with or without mortar
Marble Tiles1 like
marble tiles
Marble tile 12 inch square or less, generally ½ inch to ¾ inches thick, offered in various finishes such as polished, split-faced or honed
Marble, Imported 0 likes
See Imported Marble
Marblecrete 0 likes
Marble chip embedded finish for plaster
Marbleizing 0 likes
See Faux Marble
Marblite 0 likes
Plaster lining made of marble granules combined with white cement to finish concrete pools
Marezzo 0 likes
An imitation marble with color pigments produced with Keenes cement
Marine Plywood 0 likes
Plywood panels with additional constricting veneer quality characteristics
Marine Varnish 0 likes
Varnish designed to resist lengthy submersion in salt water or fresh water and contact with maritime atmosphere
Marked Crossing 0 likes
A crosswalk or path for pedestrians to traverse a vehicular way
Market Area 0 likes
The geographic area from which a business obtains its customer base
Market Data Approach 0 likes
A real estate appraisal approach where a property is compared to other properties that have just been sold or leased
Market Study 0 likes
Future demand forecast in a specific market area for a real estate project considered for development on a specific site
Market Value 0 likes
The current price of a unit on the open market where savvy buyers and sellers are not coerced to complete the transaction
Marketable Title 0 likes
Land title unhindered by any lien that could impact its worth or marketability
Marl 0 likes
Calcareous clay generally found in defunct fresh water basins, wetlands, or at the bottom of shallow lakes
Marquee 0 likes
Canopy above an entrance
Large tent for outdoor receptions
Marquetry 0 likes
Decorative work produced by including pieces of material such as wood or ivory in a wood veneer, then adding it to the surface of furniture
Masking 0 likes
Protecting areas not to be painted with masking tape
Applying protective materials employed in plastering machine applications
Masking Power 0 likes
Ability of a fired glaze to visually mask a material
Masking Tape1 like
masking tape
Adhesive paper tape that masks or protects parts of a surface
Mason 0 likes
Skilled tradesperson who works with stone or brick, especially in the building trades; see Stone mason or Brick mason
Masonite1 like
masonite
Trademark; Fiberboard building panels produced from steam-exploded wood fiber and binders
Masonry 0 likes
Stone, brick, tile or similar building materials usually bonded with mortar to create a wall
Masonry Accessory 0 likes
Component needed for masonry construction
Masonry Anchor 0 likes
A fastening mechanism employed in a masonry wall
Masonry Base 0 likes
The lowest path of masonry in a footing, foundation or wall
Masonry Bricks 0 likes
Bricks shaped and molded in diverse sizes
Masonry Cement 0 likes
Portland cement with dry admixtures that augments the effectiveness of mortar
Masonry Chimney 0 likes
Vertical noncombustible masonry construction with a flue that enables the removal of smoke and other gases
Masonry Cleaning 0 likes
Removal of extra grout, concrete and mortar stains from an exterior masonry structure surface; in older structures, the cleaning is usually achieved with steam or chemicals, and occasionally with sandblasting
Masonry Control Joint 0 likes
A groove in a masonry joint to control where cracking occurs
Masonry Facing Panel 0 likes
Masonry construction with a decorative external surface
Masonry Flashing 0 likes
A thin sheet of plastic, metal, rubber or waterproof paper that stops water passing through a joint in a wall, roof, or other structure; the material employed and the process to waterproof roof joints and other unprotected parts of external masonry
Masonry Floor 0 likes
Shaped or molded masonry including stone, brick, tile, or concrete units employed as finished floor coverings
Masonry Furring 0 likes
Metal or wood strips attached to a masonry surface where wall boards or sheathing is connected
Masonry Grout 0 likes
Cementitious material and aggregates in water that fills hollow areas of cavities and masonry units
Masonry Insulation 0 likes
Insulation for hollow masonry units
Masonry Lintel 0 likes
Masonry component positioned in a masonry wall to support loads above an opening
Masonry Manhole 0 likes
Masonry vertical access shaft from the surface to the underground service area
Masonry Painting 0 likes
Paint used to seal or color masonry
Masonry Paver 0 likes
Shaped or molded stone, concrete, ceramic brick or tile, or cast-in place concrete units employed for patios and driveways
Masonry Plaque 0 likes
An inscribed tablet constructed with shaped or molded units composed of stone, tile, brick, or concrete
Masonry Plaster 0 likes
A plaster surface on masonry usually made from a cement-based mixture, usually stucco on newer buildings
Masonry Reinforcing 0 likes
Lateral steel rods, wire, or mesh positioned between masonry units
Masonry Research 0 likes
See Masonry Institute of America
Masonry Restoration 0 likes
Repairing a masonry structure
Masonry Sandblast 0 likes
Scraping or cutting masonry structure surfaces with sand discharged from a nozzle at high speed to clean masonry; employed rarely because it can remove the glazed or polished exterior surface
Masonry Society, The (TMS) 0 likes
105 South Sunset Street, Suite Q, Longmont, CO 80501-6172, Tel: (303) 939-9700, Fax: 303-541-9215, URL: www.masonrysociety.org
Masonry Tie 0 likes
A reinforcing strip, wire or bar employed to link masonry courses or secure them with a wood or concrete backup wall
Masonry Unit 0 likes
Any brick, tile, block or stone employed in masonry construction
Masonry Veneer 0 likes
A nonstructural layer of brick or stone connected on the exterior of a masonry structure or wood framed wall
Masonry Vent 0 likes
Opening in a masonry structure to supply natural unprocessed ventilation
Masonry Wall 0 likes
A wall made of stone, brick or concrete block
Masonry Waterproofing 0 likes
Materials applied to masonry structures to waterproof them
Masonry, Gypsum 0 likes
See Gypsum Masonry
Masons Hammer 0 likes
Masons and tile setters tool that scores and cuts tile, block, stone, or brick
Mass 0 likes
Quantity of matter that forms a body that may have an indefinite shape; also the quantity of a body that measures its inertia
Mass Concrete 0 likes
Concrete without reinforcing; known as plain concrete
Large quantity of concrete cast in place to resist loads
Mass Curing 0 likes
Adiabatic curing that employs sealed holders
Mass Law 0 likes
The law associated with the transmission loss of walls in acoustics that in a part of a frequency range, the magnitude of the loss is totally regulated by the mass per unit area of the panel; additionally, the transmission loss increases one decibel for each doubling of frequency or doubling of the panel mass per unit area
Master Key 0 likes
A key that opens numerous locks, although each have been separately keyed
Masterformat 0 likes
Copyrighted title of a uniform indexing system for construction specifications created by the Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada, called the CSI format or numbering system
Masterkeying 0 likes
An arrangement of door lock cylinders with individual key changes that can be operated by a single key called the master key
Mastic 0 likes
A pasty organic adhesive material employed as cement for setting tile or a protective coating for thermal insulation or waterproofing; see Asphalt Mastic and Flashing Cement
Mastic Grout 0 likes
A chemical mixture of organic and inorganic ingredients from the manufacturer which is more flexible and stain resistant than cement grout
Mat 0 likes
Large footing or foundation slab employed to reinforce a structure
A framework of reinforcing bars
Mat Formwork 0 likes
Temporary reinforcement for a concrete mat during pouring or placing of concrete
Mat Foundation 0 likes
A concrete slab employed as a building, structure, or equipment foundation
Mat Glaze 0 likes
Ceramic glaze with low gloss
Mat Reinforcing 0 likes
Positioning of metal or steel bars in freshly poured concrete mat for reinforcement
Mat, Concrete 0 likes
See Concrete Mat
Mat, Floor 0 likes
See Floor Mat
Matched Lumber 0 likes
Edge-dressed shaped lumbar that creates a close tongue-and-groove joint
Matching 0 likes
Machining boards that produce tongue and groove joints
Material 0 likes
Matter from which things are created
Material 0 likes
Physical things required for construction
Material 0 likes
Important, essential, and relevant
Material Handling 0 likes
Moving materials to and from a jobsite or workplace
Materialman 0 likes
A person or organization that provides construction materials for a project
Materials Used 0 likes
Includes the cost of materials for a project
Matrix 0 likes
Material that fills the spaces between the fine and course aggregates in concrete; the cement paste
Matter 0 likes
A physical substance that has mass and occupies space; either solid, liquid, or gas
Mattock 0 likes
A hand tool for digging, grubbing, trimming and shaping wood similar to an axe with an arched blade perpendicular to the handle
Maturing Range 0 likes
The time-temperature range that a ceramic, glaze, or other material is fired to produce specific characteristics
Maturity Date 0 likes
Date when a commitment is due
Maul1 like
maul
A heavy hammer for driving wedges
An implement similar to a sledge hammer with a wedge-shaped end employed for splitting wood
Maulstick 0 likes
A light stick with a padded leather ball at an end grasped by a painter in one hand to support the other hand
Mausoleum 0 likes
A large impressive tomb
Maximum Capable Earthquake 0 likes
Maximum earthquake ground shaking anticipated at a building site within the known geological conditions; the level of earthquake ground motion that has a 10 percent probability of being surpassed in a 100 years
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