Definition of lintel in US English:



  • A horizontal support of timber, stone, concrete, or steel across the top of a door or window.

    • ‘The handsome edifice has such Federal style adornments as stone lintels over the windows and a cornice with mutules and cable molding.’
    • ‘Getting the house back to its original shape meant removing carpets, relaying floors, replacing joists, ceilings and lintels, injecting walls and replacing 70 window casings in all.’
    • ‘Precast copings, window lintels, and string courses have a terra-cotta color, without exposed aggregate.’
    • ‘The larger stones observed at the site are used as lintels over doorways or windows.’
    • ‘Opposite the kitchen is a server, created from several long building lintels, supported by two brick waist-high walls.’
    • ‘It bears all the hallmarks of a Post-Modernist interpretation of a historical facade, with architraves and lintels in cast aluminium.’
    • ‘Stepped cracks that form at the upper corners of windows may also be associated with corrosion of the steel lintels, especially in older buildings.’
    • ‘The next horizontal layer has occasional punched window openings with expressed timber lintels.’
    • ‘A temporary wall was installed until repairs could be made to walls, roof, distorted window frames and lintels.’
    • ‘Its only adornments are the wooden lintels above the windows and entrance door.’
    • ‘They were so big that their heads came up past the lintel of the entranceway door.’
    • ‘Once home to the laird's livestock, the vault now houses a laundry room, albeit one with flagstone floors and low stone lintels.’
    • ‘A stone lintel covered the access from the living area to the kitchen.’
    • ‘Scribes carved hieroglyphs on stone stelae, altars, wooden lintels, and roof beams, or painted them on ceramic vessels and in books made of bark paper.’
    • ‘A structural report recommended that all internal partitions, floors, stairs, and all timber lintels in external walls be removed.’
    • ‘The snow-covered window frames and door lintels added a fairyland flavour to the solemn church.’
    • ‘The masonry walls have diagonal cracks extending up from the ends of the steel lintels over the windows.’
    • ‘We were able to get everything we wanted, a concrete lintel and mortar mix for the workshop window, a new door-bell, a new yard-broom and, from the bakers, bread, rolls and some delicious custard tarts.’
    • ‘Sills and lintels of windows and doors, and capitals and bases of columns, were carved from local stone.’
    • ‘Stone arches can safely, economically and aesthetically replace concrete lintels.’
    joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, stringer, baulk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafter
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Middle English: from Old French, based on late Latin liminare, from Latin limen ‘threshold’.