Real Estate Glossary

Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.
Real Estate Glossary
Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.

Fa - Fal - Fe - Fi - Fin - Fir - Fis - Fl - Flo - Flu - Fr - Fu

A slender, threadlike fiber of material.

Wood scraps and plant fibers compressed together with a binding material, such as glue and pressed out to form a sheet material which is used in construction as wall sheathing, floor underlayment or in any area that is to be covered with a veneer or finish surface.

Tube that is made of wood pulp fiber, saturated with a bituminous (natural asphalt) sealant and preservative which was used as a nonmetallic electrical conduit, but has been replaced by PVC piping.

Trademark name for fine-spun filaments of glass that are made into yarn that is woven into textiles and which are used in woolly masses as insulation. Hardened with resins, it can also be pressed and molded into lightweight plastic-like material.

That which can be molded. Property that allows shaping such as in wet plaster, pottery, ceramics or clay, etc.

1. Accuracy of a description, translation, reproduction, etc.
2. Faithful devotion to duty or obligation.

Insurance coverage purchased by an employer to cover employees who are entrusted with valuable property or funds, to protect against specified losses arising from any dishonest act by these employees.

Person or institution acting in a legal capacity, in the best interests of someone including to hold or administer property owned by another.

The holding in trust of something by one person for another. Also applies to legal, real estate and business relationships.

1. A jobsite.
2. A wide stretch of open land.
3. A space in which magnetic or electrical lines of force are active.
4. Surface area of a panel.

Modifications to blueprints, that are made on the construction site.

1. Large building for athletic events.
2. Building near an athletic field with showers, etc. for the use of the athletes.

Tile that is set in the middle of a wall rather than the edges.

Natural stone, which is used as it is found, for decorative walls or walkways.

Light blue-gray fieldstone that has tan and black streaks.

Fieldstone with a driftwood-like texture, which runs in color from black to medium brown.

Fieldstone chunks with brown, tan and off-white marbling.

Pink-gray lava rock that has rust-orange highlights.

Black fieldstone that has white streaks with green and gold tones.

Fieldstone that has been made smooth by glaciers it is blue-gray with rust to gold fossils.

Sandstone that has layers of earth tones.

Orchid colored fieldstone that has overtones of green, yellow, red and white.

Granite, which is water smoothed and found in riverbeds.

Lava in a rusty black color.

Green colored fieldstone with flint and light orchid tones.

Pale quartz chunky stone with streaks of silver and green mica.

Hard quartzite, which can be honey-cream, pink, light gray, rust, etc.

Fossilized rock that has a white interior with a brownish red or orange exterior.

Shaded silver hard quartzite with sparkles.

A fusion of materials that is performed at jobsite.

Electrically conductive current path that produces a motor or generator magnetic field when laid in a symmetrical pattern.

A fixed rate, level-payment mortgage loan where for a slight increase in monthly payments, the loan can be paid off in only 15 years. The overall savings in interest paid to the lender, between the 15-year and 30 year mortgage, can be quite substantial without making the monthly payment significantly higher.

Look of wood grain, which may be wavy, streaked or mottled.

1. A very slender thread or fiber.
2. The fine metal wire in a light bulb, which becomes incandescent when heated by electric current.

1. An abrasive steel tool with a rough, ridged surface used to smooth or grind down wood, metal, etc. Files can be obtained in varying degrees of fine or coarse surfaces.
2. A container or folder for keeping papers in order.

1. Marker card in an information file.
2. Stiff bristled brush for cleaning the grooves in a file.

1. Delicate, lacelike ornamental work of intertwined gold, silver, etc.
2. Any delicate work or design with a lacelike appearance.

Term used in surveying to indicate a grading level with relation to a reference point, to where dirt must be added to reach the reference point.

Soil brought into a site to solidify a foundation or to fill an excavation to grade.

Surveyors stake which shows where the dirt fills are needed.

Ground that has had dirt, gravel or other materials added to raise its level.

Vertical wall constructed of one unit thick hollow masonry units whose openings are all filled with grout.

1. Matter added to something to increase bulk or improve consistency, such as fiberglass might be added to wallboard for fire resistance.
2. A small joist resting on a girder.
3. A preparation used to fill in the cracks or grains before painting or varnishing or as the joint compound used with sheetrock.

2 x 4 piece installed between a three-stud corner post to add stability to the post and to provide more nailing surface.

Metal, which is added to be used to bond materials being welded, brazed or soldered and which fills in the gaps in the joints of the metal.

Used basically as a partition, this nonbearing wall between columns is supported at each level.

1. A flat, square molding which separates other moldings.
2. A narrow band between two flutings in a column.
3. Rounded surface that forms an inside angle at the joint between two planes.

Also called a radius gauge, it is a tool that is made up of a series of blades with different radii and is used to check the regular radii of both concave and convex surfaces. The appropriate blade is compared to the surface and by reading the radius from that glade, the unknown radius is able to be identified.

Triangular shaped weld, which is made at the meeting place of two metal pieces, which are joined to each other at angles.

A groove, cut into material, such as a groove that holds a windowpane.

Fastener with a round, domed head, slightly larger than its threaded base.

A plane used for cutting grooves.

1. A thin, fine skin, surface, layer or coating.
2. Sheet or roll of a flexible cellulose material covered with a substance sensitive to light and used in taking photographs or making motion pictures.
3. A thin sheet, veil, haze or blur.

Applying successive layers to increase overall coating thickness.

A surface that has a continuous, unbroken coating such as paint or varnish or a film of thin plastic.

Coating thickness.

1. A devise used for separating solid particles, impurities, etc. from a liquid or gas by passing it through a porous substance.
2. A device or substance that passes electric currents of certain frequencies or frequency range while preventing the passage of others.
3. A device or substance that partially or completely absorbs certain light rays.

1. A tank, covered trench. Etc. with a sand or gravel bottom which is used to filter water, sewage, etc.
2. Filter material layer through which fluid is passed. Water is purified of certain chemicals when it is passed through a layer of activated charcoal.

Flooring, of hollow vitrified clay masonry units, which is used in a sewage treatment plant.

1. Finely woven, mesh, synthetic fabric used to stabilize the soil during excavation. This fabric is fastened down against the soil to prevent erosion.
2. Synthetic fabric, which sieves out the fine materials from ones that are coarser and also filters particles from fluids.

Porous paper, which is used for filtering.

Process whereby a neighborhood is gradually occupied by progressively lower income people.

Fluid that has been run through a filter; filtered.

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