1. The ground that supports a building or other structure. 2. The portion of a structure which transmits the building load to the ground.


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PLUMB

Pertaining to an object or structure in true vertical position as determined by a plumb bob.

PERMISSIBLE VELOCITY

The highest velocity at which water is permitted to pass through a structure or conduit without excessive damage.

PERMANENT SET

Permanent plastic deformation of a structure or a test piece after removal of the applied load. Also known as set.

PASSIVE METHOD

A construction method in permafrost areas in which the frozen ground near the structure is not disturbed or altered, and the foundations are provided with additional insulation to prevent thawing of the underlying ground.

PARTITION

1. An interior wall having a height of one story or less, which divides a structure into sections. 2. A slotted sheet of paperboard that can be assembled with similar sheets to form cells for holding goods during shipment.

PANEL POINT

The point in a framed structure where a vertical or diagonal member and a chord intersect.

OVERFALL DAM SEE OVERFLOW DAM. OVERFLOW

Any device or structure that conducts excess water or sewage from a conduit or container.

OVERFLOW CHANNEL

An artificial waterway for conducting water away from an overflowing structure such as a reservoir or canal.

NORMAL STRESS

The stress component at a point in a structure which is perpendicular to the reference plane.

NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION

A technique for probing and sensing material structure and properties without causing damage (as opposed to revealing flaws and defects).

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