from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A beam, a stone, or an arch that functions as a lintel on a fireplace, supporting the masonry above.
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- n. mantel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lintel of a fireplace when of wood, as frequently in early houses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a beam behind the mantelpiece serving as the lintel to a fireplace, sometimes replaced by a brick arch, to which the name is also given.
- n. Same as mantelpiece.
Middle English mantiltre : mantle, mantle; see mantle + tre, beam; see tree.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Well, certainly, that prayer seemed to take us all right up and put us down in heaven! and when I opened my eyes, and saw the roses and asparagus-bushes on the manteltree-piece, I had to ask myself, 'Where have I been?'