Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See architrave.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A massive piece of stone or wood laid immediately on the abacus of the capital of a column or pillar; an architrave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A massive piece of stone or wood laid immediately on the abacus of the capital of a column or pillar; -- now called architrave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient architecture, the lower member of the entablature, properly of a Greek order, also known by its Roman name, the architrave: a massive horizontal beam of stone or wood resting immediately upon the abaci of the capitals of a range of columns or pillars. See cut under entablature.

Etymologies

Latin epistȳlium, from Greek epistūlion : epi-, epi- + stūlos, pillar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin epistylium, Ancient Greek: compare French épistyle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The frieze, where of old would prance an exuberant processional of gods, is, in this case, bare of decoration, but upon the epistyle is written in simple, stern letters the word, "EUSTON."

    The Scotch Express

  • The capital is made up of a circular cushion or _echinus_ adorned with fine grooves called _annulæ_, and a plain square _abacus_ or cap Upon this rests a plain architrave or _epistyle_, with a narrow fillet, the _tænia_, running along its upper edge.

    A Text-Book of the History of Architecture Seventh Edition, revised

  • The frieze, where of old would prance an exuberant processional of gods, is, in this case, bare of decoration, but upon the epistyle is written in simple, stern letters the word "EUSTON."

    Men, Women, and Boats

  • a fountain crowned by a Bacchic Kantharos, and wrote on its epistyle a brilliant epigram, inviting the faithful to purify themselves bodily and spiritually, before presenting themselves to the apostle within.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

  • n. - beam resting directly on columns; epistyle; moulding at head and sides of window or doorway.

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