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A network or frame of timber or steel serving as a foundation, usually on ground that is wet or soft.

[French, from Old French, trellis, from greille, gridiron; see grill.]
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(Building) an arrangement of beams and crossbeams used as a foundation on soft ground
[C18: from French, from griller to furnish with a grille]
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(ˈgrɪl ɪdʒ)

a framework of crossing beams used for spreading heavy loads over large areas; grid.
[1770–80; < French]
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To prevent this central space from overheating, the glass is protected by an external grillage of fixed wooden louvres which are cut back in places to give what must for small children be wondrous views of the sky.
Comme les autres enfants de son quartier, le petit Mesut passait son temps sur un terrain de foot en gravier surnomme la "cage aux singes", en raison de son haut grillage d'enceinte.
Les amateurs de la violence ont detruit le grillage de la tribune dite le [beaucoup moins que] Volcana [beaucoup plus grand que] creant un climat d'insecurite.
Salm et mon pere, adosses au grillage du jardin public, devisaient entre hommes.
The two stiffened plates are then modelled as a grillage of beams with asymmetric section.