What does carpenter mean?

Definitions for carpenter
ˈkɑr pən tərcar·pen·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carpenterverb

    a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects

  2. carpenterverb

    work as a carpenter


  1. carpenternoun

    A person skilled at carpentry, the trade of cutting and joining timber in order to construct buildings or other structures.

  2. carpenternoun

    A senior rating in ships responsible for all the woodwork onboard; in the days of sail, a warrant officer responsible for the hull, masts, spars and boats of a ship, and whose responsibility was to sound the well to see if the ship was making water.

  3. carpenternoun

    A two-wheeled carriage

  4. Carpenternoun

    derived from the trade name carpenter.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carpenternoun

    an artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc


  1. Carpenter

    Carpentry is a skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the use of wood to construct items as large as buildings and as small as desk drawers. [Note: in the UK, strictly speaking, the term is more correctly used to describe the skill involved only in 'First Fixing' of timber items and mainly covers areas such as constructing roofs, floors and timber framed buildings - i.e. those areas of construction that are normally unseen in the finished building. 'Second Fix' work - i.e. skirting boards, architraves, doors etc., is more correctly referred to as 'Joinery'.] Carpentry is also used to construct the formwork into which concrete is poured during the building of structures such as roads and highway overpasses. [Note: in the UK, the skill of making timber formwork for poured concrete, is referred to as 'shuttering'.] While the primary material used is wood, the construction of walls with metal studs, and concrete formwork with reusable metal forms is a carpentry skill. Professional status as a journeyman carpenter in the United States may be obtained in a number of ways. The most formal training is acquired in a four year apprenticeship program administered by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, in which journeyman status is obtained after successful completion of a 12 weeks of pre-appenticeship training, followed by 4 years of on-the-job field training working alongside journeyman carpenters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carpenter

    kär′pent-ėr, n. a worker in timber as used in building houses, ships, &c.—v.i. to do the work of a carpenter.—ns. Car′penter-bee, a bee that excavates its nest in wood; Car′pentry, the trade or work of a carpenter, [O. Fr. carpentier—Low L. carpentariuscarpentum, a car, from root of Car.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Carpenter

    Originally one who made only the body or wooden portion of a vehicle. So called from the Latin carpentum, waggon. An ordinary worker in wood was, and still is in the English provinces, a joiner.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carpenter in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carpenter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of carpenter in a Sentence

  1. Rhiannon Giddens:

    I grew up listening to country music. I got into traditional stuff later, but I listened to the commercial stuff of the '90s, especially the women who were so strong, like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Kathy Mattea. It's a great art form.

  2. Robert L. Kruse, Data Structures and Program Design:

    An apprentice carpenter may want only a hammer and saw, but a master craftsman employs many precision tools. Computer programming likewise requires sophisticated tools to cope with the complexity of real applications, and only practice with these tools will build skill in their use.

  3. Rylee McCollum:

    From what I saw of the airport they were in, it looks like a turkey shoot, it was basically chaotic and not really planned out. I’m a carpenter and even I could spot that with my untrained military eye.

  4. Sam Rayburn:

    Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build it.

  5. Samuel Johns:

    I used to be a carpenter, there's a lot of ordinary people that can make a powerful impact in this world.

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