lintel

noun lin·tel \ ˈlin-tᵊl \

Definition of lintel

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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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LINTEL Defined for English Language Learners

lintel

noun

Definition of lintel for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LINTEL Defined for Kids

lintel

noun lin·tel \ ˈlin-tᵊl \

Definition of lintel for Students

: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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