Part of speech: noun

A horizontal beam over a door or window.

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Usage examples "lintel":

  1. On the lintel is the stationmaster's name painted in small white letters, like the name of the landlord over the doorway of an inn. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. The paintings and carvings on the lintel above the door to the stone room- I recognized it as where I'd spent the first night- sparkled, leapt out at me. - "Life Blood", Thomas Hoover.
  3. The top of the lintel in the line of the wall is broken away so that there, as in the case of the blocks below, no evidence of clamps can be expected. - "Problems in Periclean Buildings", G. W. Elderkin.