1 Large ball, balloon, globe, or sphere placed above a column or pier as a termination.
2 Globe under a cross on a church spire or dome.
3 System of timber-framed construction common in Scandinavia and the USA in which the corner posts and studs are continuous in one piece from cill or sole-plate to roof-plate, the intermediate floor-joists being secured to them without mortises and tenons.
Condit (1968);Giordano (1964);F. Peterson (1992)
balloon-framing Typical American type.
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