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- n. Alternative spelling of bressummer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A summer or girder extending across a building flush with, and supporting, the upper part of a front or external wall; a long lintel; a girder; -- used principally above shop windows.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See brest-summer.
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Upstairs in the big bedchamber is a ceiling of beams worked in bold roll mouldings; and there is an exquisite little parlour, lined with linen fold panels, with a breastsummer carved with strange animals.
Note the long carved breastsummer that supports the overhanging upper story.