Words at Play : In the Details: Architecture Terms Worth Looking At

#3: Lintel

Definition:

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

About the Word:

Lintel has the same Latin root as limit.

Found in most of our houses today, lintels (with the posts that hold them up) have pre-historic origins that can be seen in structures like Stonehenge.

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