American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The generally triangular section of wall at the end of a pitched roof, occupying the space between the two slopes of the roof.
- n. The whole end wall of a building or wing having a pitched roof.
- n. A triangular, usually ornamental architectural section, as one above an arched door or window.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, the end of a ridged roof which at its extremity is not hipped or returned on itself, but cut off in a vertical plane, together with the triangular expanse of wall from the level of the eaves to the apex: distinguished from a pediment in that the cornice is not carried across the base of the triangle.
- n. Any architectural member having the form of gable, as a triangular canopy over a window or a doorway.
- n. The end-wall of a house; a gable-end.
- n. A cable.
- n. In mech., the outer end or tip of the crank in a cranked axle or shaft. The finishing of this is termed cutting the gable.
- To give to a roof a gable or gabled end.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic A cable.
- n. The vertical triangular portion of the end of a building, from the level of the cornice or eaves to the ridge of the roof. Also, a similar end when not triangular in shape, as of a gambrel roof and the like.
- n. The end wall of a building, as distinguished from the front or rear side.
- n. A decorative member having the shape of a triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a doorway.
- n. United States film actor (1901-1960)
- n. the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof
- Middle English gable, gavel, from Norman French gable (perhaps of Celtic origin) and from Old Norse gafl). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One lord of Ulland had expressed his fancy on the eastern façade in gable and sculptured gargoyle; another his fear or his defiance in the squat and sturdy tower with its cautious slits in lieu of windows.”
“At Clackmannan the dial on the lower end of a gable is circular on a square basis, and surmounted by a cherub's head.”
“Two all-weather-wicker chaises face each other under the main gable.”
“At each side of the gable is a pinnacle, almost a copy of those on the front, except that the lowest stage is here octagonal instead of square.”
“The gable is a low slope like the present roof, but the slope of the old gable and roof may be seen upon the east wall of the transept.”
“The south end of the Transept differs from the north in the arrangement of the windows; in the gable is a low Perpendicular window of seven lights, sunk within a deep recess; the north end has in the upper tier two large Perpendicular windows side by side.”
“On the gable was a newer sign heralding "Jared Chick & Father, Inventors.”
“Above the gable is a further arch, the ribs of which join the gable at its exterior angles.”
“The wall felt warm to her back and shoulders, and she found that immediately within the gable was the cottage fireplace, the heat of which came through the bricks.”
“At the apex of the gable is a niche containing a small statue of St. Peter.”
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