lintel

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lin·tel

noun \ˈlin-təl\

: a piece of wood or stone that lies across the top of a door or window and holds the weight of the structure above it

Full Definition of LINTEL

:  a horizontal architectural member spanning and usually carrying the load above an opening

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Origin of LINTEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French *lintel, alteration of linter threshold, from Late Latin limitaris, from Latin, constituting a boundary, from limit-, limes boundary
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, parapet, pilaster, plinth

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