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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Architecture The necking of a column.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In some columns, that part of the capital between the termination of the shaft and the annulet of the echinus, or the space between two neck moldings; the hypotrachelium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In some columns, that part of the capital between the termination of the shaft and the annulet of the echinus, or the space between two neck moldings; -- called also neck of the capital, and hypotrachelium. See Illust. of column.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, the neck of a capital, or more commonly a feature forming the junction between the shaft and the capital; a necking.
  • n. A name for the gorget, plastron, or hausse-col—that is, for any piece of armor covering the throat; especially, a second thickness bolted upon the cuirass of tilting-armor at the throat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the molding at the top of a column

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from gorge, throat; see gorge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French. (Wiktionary)

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