Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The contour or outline of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The general outward form of any solid object, as of a column or a vase.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In art, the general outline or form of any rounded object, as a head or vase; especially, in architecture, the curved form of a column, a Doric capital, or other similar feature.

Etymologies

From French galbe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Le galbe evase de ses hanches: had one ever read a French novel in which that phrase didn't occur?

    Crome Yellow

  • The architectural _galbe_ that was the joy of the few, and the bedazement of "the Board," crumbles beneath the pick, as did the north side of St. Mark's, and history is wiped from the face of Chelsea.

    The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

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