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Breast Beam

(1) The main horizontal transverse beam supporting the NECK OF THE WINDSHAFT. Also known as WEATHER BEAM or RODE BALK. (2)The transverse beam in the breast of the mill beneath the STONE FLOOR, in which case the BREAST BEAM is called the WEATHER BEAM. (East Anglia).

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Alternative terms

Term Language Region
Rode Balk English Lincolnshire term, apparently derived from Dutch
Weather Beam English