• WordNet 3.6
    • n chimneypiece shelf that projects from wall above fireplace "in Britain they call a mantel a chimneypiece"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n chimneypiece (Arch) A decorative construction around the opening of a fireplace; also, the shelf that projects from wall above fireplace; mantlepiece.
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In literature:

He turned and laid his arms on the chimneypiece, burying his head on them.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A rifle spoke, a bullet sang, passed through the cabin and buried itself in the old-fashioned chimneypiece.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
An eikon by the chimneypiece can take me to Russia with its great forests of birch and its white, domed churches.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Then both Nicholas of Reist and Ughtred saw Brand standing underneath the great chimneypiece.
"The Traitors" by E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Then she began to arrange the lilies of the valley in a little copper bowl she found on the chimneypiece.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
Over the chimneypiece there was a gun that took Mick's fancy.
"The Weans at Rowallan" by Kathleen Fitzpatrick
He drew back from her, and leaned against the chimneypiece and looked at her more intently than before.
"The Immortal Moment" by May Sinclair
There were shells on the chimneypiece, and two or three china figures.
"Rachel Ray" by Anthony Trollope
The joggled arch used in medieval chimneypieces and in Mahommedan architecture.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
Paul walked to the chimneypiece and looked at the clock.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon