American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The upper section of a classical building, resting on the columns and constituting the architrave, frieze, and cornice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, that part of a lintel construction, or a structure consisting of horizontal members supported by columns or vertical members, which rests upon the columns and extends upward to the roof, or to the tympana of the pediments if these features are present. In the classical styles it consists of three members, the architrave, the frieze, and the cornice. In large buildings projecting features, similar in form to entablatures proper, and also called by this name, are often carried around the whole edifice, or along the front only; and the term is applied by engineers to similar parts of the framing of machinery wherein architectural design is introduced. See also cut under
- n. In machinery, a strong iron frame supporting a paddle-shaft.
- n. architecture All that part of a classical temple above the capitals of the columns; includes the architrave, frieze, and cornice but not the roof
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) The superstructure which lies horizontally upon the columns. See
Illust.of column, cornice.
- n. (architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
- Obsolete French, from Italian intavolatura, from intavolare, to put on a table : in-, in, on (from Latin; see en-1) + tavola, table (from Latin tabula, board). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the entablature is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who inaugurated Sir Richard Gresham's structure -- the centre figure of a number of others emblematic of the all-embracing commerce of this country, and surmounted by the words: 'The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.”
“Pl. LXVI -- the lower drawing on the right hand side -- the sarcophagus is shown between the columns, and above the entablature is a plinth on which the horse stands.”
“The medallion of Pierre Corneille is sculptured on the entablature which is supported by these columns, and on each side of the medallion, we perceive Melpomene with a dagger, and Thalia with a mask.”
“The south facade is a curiously flat and blocky affair, only partly leavened by the awkward, two-bay, single-column upper arcade, the unsatisfactorily cinched lower entablature, the four eccentric little ground-floor windows, and the raised platform supporting it all.”
“Its columns are tall and slender, its capitals have bountiful acanthus leaves with big scrolls and its entablature sports an ostentatiously sculpted frieze and cornice.”
“Essentially, the orders determine the shape, proportion and decoration of the basic architectural elements: the vertical, supporting column (with its base, shaft and capital) and the horizontal, supported entablature (divided into three registers, from bottom to top: the architrave, frieze and cornice).”
“The result, now standing in the St. Mary's Chapel Field, is a tall chapel of handmade red brick, with a cream-colored Baroque "Tuscan" facade decorated with classical features, including pilasters, entablature and a round central window.”
“When Pelli started 40 years ago, the Blue Building was to be a standalone -- a huge entablature unto itself.”
“Here Mr. Stroik has successfully orchestrated a hierarchy of scales in form and space that includes the majestic crossing and apse; the great piers supporting the dome; the pilasters carrying a massive, uninterrupted entablature; the gorgeous baldachin looming over the main altar — and so on down the line.”
“River Architects Inside, the nave and sanctuary of the building feature a majestic crossing and apse, great piers supporting the dome and gold-and-silver tinted pilasters supporting a massive, uninterrupted entablature.”
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