E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The framing erected between piers to hold up the stones of an arch during the making thereof.
Certain crude beliefs may be needful in the infancy of a nation, but when the arch is made, when the intelligence is fully developed, the cinter is thrown down and truth stands unsupported.E. D. Fawcett.