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Lintel(l, Lintal(l, n. Also: lynt- and -elle, -ale, -ail(l, -ill, linttle, lentell, -al, and Linten. [ME. (1388, Wyclif) and e.m.E. lyntel(l, lyntall, lintel, OF. lintel threshold (F. linteau lintel).]

1. A lintel (of stone or timber); also, a piece of masonry suitable to be a lintel.In the plur. inflected and also (as a collective) without inflection.(a) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxii. 118.
The Lord within thir dayis three Sall law under thy lyntell bow, And in thy hous sall herbrit be
1513 Treas. Acc. V. 24.
To the forsaidis masonis at the upputting of the lintellis of the said place
1539–41 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 271.
xj pece lang lintell
1553–4 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 287.
For hewing of xxviij rebettis and twa lang lintellis
1624 Blair Autob. 73.
His foot was in the midst of the fire, [he] holding the lintel with both his hands
1629 Justiciary Cases I 103.
The straik quhairof [a sword] the lyntell beiris the mark
1683–90 Soc. Ant. LIV. 244.
Pay'd to the masons a quart of aile at the putting on of every lintell
(b) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxix. 39.
Syne Deid castis up his ȝettis wyd, Saying, ‘ … Albeid that thow were never sa stout Undir this lyntall [M. lintell] sall thow lowt’
1512 Prot. Bk. J. Foular (S.R.S.) II. 150.
In the forsaid wal of his said land … lintale rabits soile and put for a loft dure
1512 Old Ross-shire II. 56. 1529–30 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 26.
For ix draucht of sparris for bandis and lintallis to the lugis
1530 Ib. 53.
To the quareouris … for ix peis vi futis lentht in lyntalis muldry
1554–5 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 142. 1555–6 Ib. 188.
To bring twa lang treis … to the Newhevin to be lintallis to the land pannell
1620 Edinb. Test. L. 287.
Of hewin stane werk sic as soleis, rebatis, lintallis
(c) 1521 Dunferm. B. Rec. I. 174.
Wytht ane foirlintaill of tre, … the lyntail of stane
1531 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 65.
For iiij pecis aslar for seill and lyntaill to the tua over durris
(d) 1561–2 Edinb. Old Acc. II. 161.
For casting furth of ij lyntillis abone the wobsteris quhare thai wrocht … xij d.
1615 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 368.
To the quarieris for … wining of ane grit lintill and tua grit crownellis
1681 Foulis Acc. Bk. 75.
Agreed with Wm Aitkin for the 3 chimneyes dressing with new lintills
(e) 1532 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 98.
For beting of the wallis and … lentalis layin
1611–12 Ib. 338.
For heighting the lentell of ane schemlay

2. Attrib. a. Lintell stane, stone; a stone to be a lintel; a lintel of stone. 1561–3 Edinb. Old Acc. I. 419.
Twa lyntell stanis
1575 Glasgow B. Rec. (M.C.) 50.
For the thre lintall stanes to the bois windois xij s.
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1804) 75.
Finding the lentell stane of the bak ȝet to be sumquhat laiche, he cawsit his man to lift off the lentell
1629 Orkney Witch Trial in County Folk Lore III. (1903) 106.
She fellit hirselff upoun the lintell stane of hir hyre
1680 Stirling Common Good 153 b.
For ane lintell stone to the charter hous

b. Lintell aill (eall), a gratuity of drink given to the builders when a building job was completed as far as the lintels. 1615 M. Works Acc. (ed.) I. 357.
To the maisounis for the founding drink and lentell ayle xxiiii s.
1618 Ib. II. 129.
For ther lintell aill
1647 Tulliallan Coal Wks. 38 b.
For 2 lintellis wining leading and lintell aill to his pane at … 00: 15: 00
1689 Foulis Acc. Bk. 107.
For eall againe to the masons, quariers and others at carting the flags for the stanks, linttle eall and soll eall 0, 14, 0
1702 Ib. 307.
For lintill eall to the men when the door of the allarpark was put up

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