One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short wooden beam (typically carved) projecting from a wall to support either a principal rafter or one end of an arch.
joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafterView synonyms
- ‘In the process, the various components acquired names according to their place in this system - king post, hammer beam, purlin, sill, and so forth - names that are still used today.’
- ‘Richard built the magnificent hammer beam roof for the hall, which can be seen to this day.’
- ‘The great hall, with its hammer-beam roof, has an exterior rebuilt, possibly by Wren, after destruction during the Commonwealth.’
- ‘But, unlike Brunel's Paddington Station of twelve years later, the primary material at Bristol is timber, not iron, and all is conceived as a vast, medieval hammer-beam roof.’
- ‘Beneath the building's imposing 600-year-old hammer-beam roof, at the foot of steps leading down into the hall, two paths have been constructed this week to guide people through.’
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