breastsummer

breastsummer
/bres"sum'euhr, brest"-, bres"euh meuhr/, n. Archit.
a horizontal beam supporting an exterior wall over an opening, as a shop window. Also called breast beam.
[1605-15; BREAST + SUMMER2]

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