from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A usually curved outdoor bench with a high back.
- n. An often semicircular portico with seats that was used in ancient Greece and Rome as a place for discussions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A semicircular recess, with stone benches, used as a place for discussion.
- n. A curved bench with a high back.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A room in a public building, furnished with seats.
- n. The projection of any part of a building in a rounded form.
- n. Any out-of-door seat in stone, large enough for several persons; esp., one of curved form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient architecture, a raised platform with steps, in the open air, often by a roadside or in some other public place, provided with seats for the purpose of repose and conversation.
The "exedra" in the western bordering wall of the street.
Antonius chooses to compose his thoughts while walking in the portico. 111 Crassus, in contrast, retires to an exedra, where he devotes his midday respite to "the closest and most careful meditation."
Along with the contemplative eddies in the medieval cathedral,30 intimate domestic settings modeled after the ancient Roman exedra and cubiculum — described by Vitruvius and Pliny and unearthed in the 1470s — provided prosthetic armatures for thought.
Restoration drawing of a circular exedra and sarcophagus
But those quibbles apart, even old hands at the Capitoline Museum should try to take a look at the new exedra, and prepare – like the locals -- to be surprised.
As a tribute to his parents, Houdini commissioned his friend Oscar Teale to design an extravagant exedra that used many tons of Vermont granite.
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In the eastern exedra, one of the slabs was absent, creating a gap of 0.70 by 0.90 meters.
Both bordering walls contain an exedra (a rectangular recess), 0.90 meters deep, but these are not situated exactly opposite one another.
One peculiar feature, which thus far remains unexplained, is that these supporting walls were on either side interrupted by a small rectangular exedra (0.9 by 0.9 meters; 0.91 meters in height) that do not face each other.
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