• WordNet 3.6
    • n lintel horizontal beam used as a finishing piece over a door or window
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lintel lĭn"tĕl (Arch) A horizontal member spanning an opening, and carrying the superincumbent weight by means of its strength in resisting crosswise fracture.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lintel In architecture, a horizontal piece of timber or stone resting on the jambs of a door or window, or spanning any other open space in a wall or in a columnar construction, and serving to support superincumbent weight.
    • n lintel See lingel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lintel lin′tel the piece of timber or stone over a doorway: the headpiece of a door or casement.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. lintel, F. linteau, LL. lintellus, for limitellus, a dim. fr. L. limes, limit. See Limit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. lintel (Fr. linteau)—Low L. lintellus for limitellus, dim. of L. limes, border.


In literature:

Formerly the width of such openings was very limited, owing to the difficulty of obtaining lintels of great length.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
John, with his pipe in his mouth, leaned against the door lintel and watched her.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The lintel itself is double, and treated as if it were wood.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
His shoulders all but filled the narrow doorway, his crown came within an inch of its lintel.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Arches or lintels are, therefore, thrown from pier to pier, and a level preparation for carrying the real roof is made above them.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
Lintel, its structure, i.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
I finished dressing and left the room, feeling compelled, however, as I left it, to touch the lintel of the door.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
Staff paused on the threshold, bending his head to escape the lintel.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
Guentz leant against the lintel and listened lovingly to the sweet, regular sounds.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Pass thou the lintel freely; without fear Feast on the music.
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
The roofs, porticos, lintels, piers, and steps were to be red, yellow, green, and blue.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Opening the library-door with slow, reluctant fingers, they almost stumble against a figure crouching near the lintel.
"Portia" by Duchess
But one day suddenly the door-post totters, and lintel and rafters come down together with a crash.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
She could hear the sound of his robe against the lintel of the door as he went out and left her alone.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
Before they reached it, the door opened and the alien thing emerged, stooping to clear the lintel.
"The Giants From Outer Space" by Geoff St. Reynard
A few outlines of smoothed blocks and shattered lintels huddled the ground, half hidden by the encroaching sand.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
They met under the lintel of the door.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
I stood on the lintel, struck a match and set it to a candle end which I drew from my coat pocket.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
The door faces the west, and over it is a lintel of stone.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I." by John L. Stephens
The lintel of the inner doorway is a beam of sapote richly carved.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens

In poetry:

On the cross-bars of each window,
On the lintel of each door,
They renewed the War of Wartburg,
Which the bard had fought before.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ah, could I hear your footsteps at the door
Hallow the lintel and caress the floor,
Then I might drink your beauty, satisfied,
Die of delight, ere you could reach my side.
"Zira: In Captivity" by Laurence Hope
Yet I, even I, who am less than dust before you,
Less than the lowest lintel of your door,
Was given one breathless midnight, to adore you.
Fate, having granted this, can give no more!
"Farewell" by Laurence Hope
The angel hangs over each house on the wing,
(So enormous our sins!) prompt destruction to bring:
With the blood of the Lamb, we our lintels must smear,
That the fiend may pass on, and our families spare.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
The lintel low enough to keep out pomp and pride:
The threshold high enough to turn deceit aside:
The fastening strong enough from robbers to defend:
This door will open at a touch to welcome every friend.
"For The Friends At Hurstmont" by Henry Van Dyke
Night, in utmost noon forlorn and strong, with heart athirst and fasting,
Hungers here, barred up for ever, whence as one whom dreams affright
Day recoils before the low-browed lintel threatening doom and casting
"In Guernsey - To Theodore Watts" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Mark Sutch produced "Underneath the Lintel " while on sabbatical from the Davidson College theater department.
Roberto Guajardo in Under the Lintel.
In a season of outstanding one-person shows, Roberto Guajardo's turn as an obsessed, God-haunted Dutch librarian in Under the Lintel was one of the year's most compelling theatrical experiences.
"Stupid as a painter" came to mind while looking at the recent paintings of David Row , currently at Von Lintel Gallery.
Fringe Fest, in Underneath the Lintel a librarian pursues cosmic clues.
New Orleans Fringe Fest 2012's " Underneath the Lintel" is a conventional production by the experimental theater extravaganza's standards.

In science:

Burton and te Lintel Hekkert (1986) showed three–dimensional H i maps of the outer Galaxy for all Galactic longitudes, and reported a warped H i disk.
Three-Dimensional Distribution of the ISM in the Milky Way Galaxy: I. The HI Disk
Figure 7 shows that the H i disk is strongly warping at the outer region, which is consistent with former studies (Burton, te Lintel Hekkert 1986; Diplas, Savage 1991).
Three-Dimensional Distribution of the ISM in the Milky Way Galaxy: I. The HI Disk