or ham·mer beam


noun Architecture.

a short wooden beam projecting from an interior wall to support or tie together rafters or arched roof braces.

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British Dictionary definitions for hammer beam

hammer beam


either of a pair of short horizontal beams that project from opposite walls to support arched braces and struts
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