What does the word lintel mean?

Usage examples for lintel

  1. 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 by Thomas Hoover
  2. 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 by G. W. Elderkin