American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A scale diagram of a room or building drawn as if seen from above.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a drawing which shows the plan of one story, especially with reference to those parts which are in connection with the floor rising out of it. Thus the dotted lines indicating patterns of the ceiling and all indications of objects several feet above the floor have no necessary place in a floor-plan.
- n. architecture A diagram, usually to scale, showing the layout of a building.
- n. electronics A layout representation of where the major functional blocks of an integrated circuit will be physically placed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Shipbuilding), (Arch.) A horizontal section, showing the thickness of the walls and partitions, arrangement of passages, apartments, and openings at the level of any floor of a house.
- n. scale drawing of a horizontal section through a building at a given level; contrasts with elevation
“Given the open floor plan of this templelike building the private offices are set against the outer walls, enclosed by wood and glass but of necessity open at the top, as the bank's ceilings soar to a height of twenty-five, perhaps thirty feet.”
“The cross can be seen throughout the Christian world, from elaborate, gem-encrusted gold altar ornaments to simple wayside calvaries, in handsome stone marketplace crosses, and in the basic floor plan of Christian churches.”
“But while much of Rosslyn’s symbolism is clearly Masonic, at least as much is definitely Templar: the floor plan of the chapel is based on the Templar cross, and there are carvings that include the famous two-men-on-a-horse image from their seal.”
“For example, the standard Class A floor plan put bed in the back, head toward the center, galley amidship, and seating toward the front.”
“Medieval theologians recognized God as “the best and greatest architect” and made symbolic use of church design: a cathedral floor plan in the shape of a cross; twelve columns representing the Twelve Apostles; seven open bays on a facade standing for the Seven Sacraments; a grouping of three windows symbolizing the Trinity.”
“Do you want a front, eat-in kitchen floor plan or a midrig galley with a fold-out table?”
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