from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A horizontal structural member, such as a beam or stone, that spans an opening, as between the uprights of a door or window or between two columns or piers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A horizontal structural beam spanning an opening, such as between the uprights of a door or a window, and which supports the wall above.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A horizontal member spanning an opening, and carrying the superincumbent weight by means of its strength in resisting crosswise fracture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a horizontal piece of timber or stone resting on the jambs of a door or window, or spanning any other open space in a wall or in a columnar construction, and serving to support superincumbent weight.
- n. See lingel.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window
The word isn't lintel, which is the horizontal top of a doorway.
The principal item is the upper cave, small, square, and apparently still used by the Arabs: in the middle of the lintel is a lump looking like the mutilated capital of a column.
Fig. 98: Make sure the lintel is the correct size for wide openings.
There was once a well-known Scotch architect who held that the column and the lintel was the only permissible form of construction, and with this limitation and ill-selected Greek details he produced some fantastically ugly buildings.
The Legacy of Greece Essays By: Gilbert Murray, W. R. Inge, J. Burnet, Sir T. L. Heath, D'arcy W. Thompson, Charles Singer, R. W. Livingston, A. Toynbee, A. E. Zimmern, Percy Gardner, Sir Reginald Blomfield
On the lintel is the stationmaster's name painted in small white letters, like the name of the landlord over the doorway of an inn.
The lintel is the horizontal crosspiece over the door.
Fragments of the carved granite "lintel" found by Lansing, and a line drawing of one of the fragments of the lintel portraying King Khasekhemwy in festival costume
To eliminate the danger of shearing, it is therefore preferable to increase the length of the part of the lintel which is held in the wall, allowing a minimum of 20 cm for small openings.
The date 1685 is on one of the blocks, and 1672 on a lintel which is now placed with them.
The Oxford English Dictionary offers the Latin limin as "lintel" which is the beam that runs above the door; and windows too for that matter.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.