Breastsummer

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Breastsummer (Arch) A summer or girder extending across a building flush with, and supporting, the upper part of a front or external wall; a long lintel; a girder; -- used principally above shop windows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breastsummer See brest-summer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Breastsummer a summer or beam supporting the whole front of a building in the same way as a lintel supports the portion over an opening
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bréost; Ger. brust, Dut. borst.