It is helpful to know the proper words that are used in bricklaying.


This bricklaying glossary should help readers know more about bricklaying:


Air Brick – A brick that has an intentional gap in it to allow air to pass through a wall.

Bat – A cut brick. A quarter bat is one-quarter the length of a stretcher. A half-bat is one-half.

Bullnose – The rounded edges that are used within window sills.

Cant – A header that is angled at less than 90 degrees.

Coralent – A pattern of bricks or blocks which show a unique interlocking arrangement

Corbel – A brick, block or stone that over sails the main window.

Creasing Tile – A flat clay tile that is set as a brick. It is usually used as a decoration. It is also used to waterproof the very top of a garden wall.

Dog Leg – A brick that has been specially made in order to bond to internal angles that are acute. This is typically at 45 or 60 degree angles.

Indent – A hole that is left in the wall, so it can let an adjoining wall fit into place at a future time or date.

Parting wall – A wall that is shared by two separate properties or two rooms within one property.

Pier – A free standing section of masonry such as a pillar or panel.

Plinth – A stretcher that is angled at less than 90 degrees.

Sleeper Wall – A low wall that is there to provide support, usually to floor joists

Stopped end – The end of a wall that does not adjoin any other component.

Toothing – The forming of a momentary stopped end.  This allows the bond to continue later as the work proceeds.

Voussoir – A supporting brick in an arch, tends to be shaped to ensure that joints appear even.

Withe – A central wall which divides two shafts. It is most commonly used to divide the flues within a chimney.

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