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hammerbeam

[ham-er-beem] /ˈhæm ərˌbim/
noun, Architecture
1.
a short wooden beam projecting from an interior wall to support or tie together rafters or arched roof braces.
Also, hammer beam.
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  • Jutting out from each pier is a wooden brace which supports a hammerbeam that rests on the upper portion of the pier.

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