lintel

lintel

[lin-tl]
noun
a horizontal architectural member supporting the weight above an opening, as a window or a door.
Also, British, lintol.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English lyntel < Middle French lintel, dissimilated variant of *linter < Latin līmitāris orig., belonging to or indicating a boundary; later taken as synonym of līmināris orig., of the threshold. See limit, -ar1

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lintel (ˈlɪntəl)
 
n
a horizontal beam, as over a door or window
 
[C14: via Old French probably from Late Latin līmitāris (unattested) of the boundary, influenced in meaning by līminaris of the threshold]

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lintel
early 14c., from O.Fr. lintel "threshold," probably from V.L. *limitaris "threshold," from L. limitaris (adj.) "that is on the border," from limes (gen. limitis) "border, boundary" (see limit). Altered by influence of Latin limen "threshold."
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Lintel definition


(1.) Heb. mashkoph, a projecting cover (Ex. 12:22, 23; ver. 7, "upper door post," but R.V. "lintel"); the head-piece of a door, which the Israelites were commanded to mark with the blood of the paschal lamb. (2.) Heb. kaphtar. Amos 9:1; Zeph. 2:14 (R.V. correctly "chapiters," as in A.V. marg.).

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