from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See brest-summer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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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  • noun architecture Alternative spelling of bressummer.


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  • Upstairs in the big bedchamber is a ceiling of beams worked in bold roll mouldings; and there is an exquisite little parlour, lined with linen fold panels, with a breastsummer carved with strange animals.

    Medieval People Eileen Edna Power 1914

  • Note the long carved breastsummer that supports the overhanging upper story.

    Medieval People Eileen Edna Power 1914


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  • a great beam supporting the weight of a wall.

    May 4, 2008

  • also bressumer

    June 4, 2009