from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slight convexity or swelling, as in the shaft of a column, intended to compensate for the illusion of concavity resulting from straight sides.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A slight convex curvature introduced into the shaft of a column for aesthetic reasons, or to compensate for the illusion of concavity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A slight convex swelling of the shaft of a column.
- n. Same as Entasia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, the swelling or outward curve of tho profile of tho shaft of a column.
- n. In pathology, constrictive or tonic spasm, as cramp, lockjaw, etc. See tetanus. Also entasia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight
Latin, from Greek, tension, from enteinein, to stretch tight : en-, intensive pref.; see en-2 + teinein, to stretch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin, from Ancient Greek έντασις (entasis, "tension, straining"), from εντείνω (enteino, "to stretch or strain tight"). (Wiktionary)