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 column, a Doric capital, or other similar feature.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Art) The general outward form of any solid object, as of a column or a vase.
- From French galbe. (Wiktionary)
“Le galbe evase de ses hanches: had one ever read a French novel in which that phrase didn't occur?”
“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.”
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