from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A member of one description of roof truss, called hammer-beam truss, which is so framed as not to have a tiebeam at the top of the wall. Each principal has two hammer-beams, which occupy the situation, and to some extent serve the purpose, of a tiebeam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short beam attached to the foot of a principal rafter in a roof, in place of a tie-beam.


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  • Parliamentary copyright images are reproduced with the permission of Parliament The hall has been altered over the centuries and its famous hammer-beam roof was built between 1394 and 1399.

    Britain's Houses of Parliament

  • The rafters of the hammer-beam roof above were ancient martoz wood that had blackened and hardened over the decades until they resembled iron.

    The Dreaming Void

  • The magnificent hammer-beam roof of the Great Hall in which we met in daily session was partially destroyed by bombs during the last war.

    Lambeth and Church Unity

  • He armed himself with knife, hammer-beam, mind-blinder, swallowed a pellet of nerve-tonic, then unobtrusively made his way to the roof-deck.

    The Languages of Pao

  • The noble hammer-beam roof is a fine specimen of its kind, spanning

    Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science Old Series, Vol. 36—New Series, Vol. 10, July 1885

  • This was most probably a hammer-beam roof, and was coloured and gilded and decorated with angels holding shields.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Espiscopal See

  • The strong, alien voice of the priest vibrated under the hammer-beam roof, and a loneliness unfelt before swamped their hearts, as they searched for places in the unfamiliar Church of England service.

    Actions and Reactions

  • The tapestried walls, the high windows, and the fine Perpendicular hammer-beam roof together form a magnificent and pleasing whole, one of the noblest halls of its period that the country has to show.

    Hampton Court

  • This great hall with its two entrances at the lower end near the gateway, its magnificent hammer-beam roof, its daïs, its stained glass, was a worthy place of entertainment, and had been the scene of many great feasts and royal visits in the times of previous archbishops in favour with the sovereign, and of a splendid banquet at the beginning of Grindal's occupancy of the see.

    By What Authority?

  • Richard II. raised the hall and gave it the splendid hammer-beam roof, one of the finest feats in carpentry extant.

    Westminster The Fascination of London


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