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(pronounced AZ-biltz) As-builts are documents that show the conditions of a project or development after construction is completed. The term is used across the board for design, architecture, all types of engineering and even information technology installations. It may

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(pronounced as-BESS-tuhss OR az-BESS-tuhss) This eight-letter word has essentially become a four-letter word. This fibrous mineral material actually does have positive attributes: it’s odorless, insoluble, chemically inert, and does not conduct heat and electricity. That’s why asbestos has

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(pronounced like the initials: ay-ess-eye) In the world of construction administration, an architect or interior designer may need to issue an ASI to clarify some part of a set of contract documents, whether within the contract drawings or

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(pronounced like the initials: ay-ef-eye) See

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(pronounced uh-SPER-zhun) The fact that the first part of this word is “asp” reminds us of its sinister tone. It a noun that means a disparaging remark or an untrue or deceptive charge that is meant to damage an

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(pronounced eh-SEE-see ihm-BROY-der-ee) An integral part of Italy’s long tradition of embroidery, Assisi embroidery gets its name from the famous Italian town where the technique originated. This form of counted-thread embroidery outlines — but does not fill in —

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(pronounced A-seh-nen(t)s) Despite its spelling starting out as a term for one’s backside, this is an elegant, intelligent word. Assonance has to do with the sound of language, specifically the similarity of sound in syllables or words. It could

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(pronounced AS-trih-gal) As much as this sounds like a piece of debris hurdling through outer space, it most certainly is not. More terrestrial in nature, this term can mean at least two different things in the design world. First,