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lintel

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noun lin·tel \ˈlin-təl\

Simple Definition of lintel

  • : 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

  1. :  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

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LINTEL Defined for Kids

lintel

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noun lin·tel \ˈlin-təl\

Definition of lintel

  1. :  a horizontal piece or part across the top of an opening (as of a door) to carry the weight of the structure above it




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