siding

/suy"ding/, n.
1. a short railroad track, opening onto a main track at one or both ends, on which one of two meeting trains is switched until the other has passed.
2. any of several varieties of weatherproof facing for frame buildings, composed of pieces attached separately as shingles, plain or shaped boards, or of various units of sheet metal or various types of composition materials.
[1595-1605; SIDE1 + -ING1]

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Material used to surface the exterior of a building to protect against exposure to the elements, prevent heat loss, and visually unify the facade.

The word siding implies wood units, or products imitative of wood, used on houses. There are many different types of siding, including clapboard, horizontal lap siding, vertical board siding, and shingles. Board and batten siding, sometimes found in Carpenter Gothic houses and very modest structures, differs from the common clapboard in that it consists of vertical wood boards with their butt joints covered by battens (narrow strips), imparting a seamed appearance. Both aluminum and polyvinyl-fluoride-coated siding (commonly called vinyl siding) were developed as maintenance-free alternatives to wood clapboard; they mimic its horizontal boards. Fiberboard, a pressed-wood-pulp product, is sometimes used, though its long-term durability is limited. In larger buildings, the exterior covering is called cladding, and may be of brick, glass in a metal framework, or stone, concrete, or metal panels.

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  • siding — c.1600, a taking of sides in a conflict or debate, from SIDE (Cf. side) (q.v.). First attested 1825 in the railroad sense; 1829 in the architectural sense of boarding on the sides of a building …   Etymology dictionary

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  • siding — ► NOUN 1) a short track at the side of and opening on to a railway line, where trains are shunted or left. 2) N. Amer. cladding material for the outside of a building …   English terms dictionary

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  • siding — n. material attached to the outside of a building (AE) 1) to install siding 2) aluminum siding short stretch of railway track 3) a railway siding 4) on a siding * * * [ saɪdɪŋ] [ material attached to the outside of a building ] (AE) to install… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • siding — noun a) A building material which covers and protects the sides of a house or other building (called cladding in the UK). Ugh. If theres one thing I cant stand its cheesy vinyl siding. b) A second, relatively short length of track just to the… …   Wiktionary

  • Siding — Original name in latin Siding Name in other language Siding State code ID Continent/City Asia/Jakarta longitude 6.799 latitude 111.731 altitude 31 Population 0 Date 2012 01 22 …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • siding — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. sidetrack, [track] spur; paneling, boarding. See covering, deviation. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. outside finish, outer wall, cladding, covering; see cover 2 , finish 2 . Commonly used sidings include:… …   English dictionary for students

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