Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small twisted scroll; anything presenting a twisted form.
- n. A plate or block of wood introduced in a wall of brickwork for the end of a joist or beam to rest on. Also, corruptly, torsal, tossel, tassal, tassel. When you lay any timber on brickwork, as torsels for mantle trees to lie on, or lintels over windows, lay them in loam. J. Moxon, Mech. Exercises.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Carp.) A plate of timber for the end of a beam or joist to rest on.
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