American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having a roof or ceiling supported by rows of columns.
- n. A building with a roof or ceiling supported by rows of columns.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In architecture, having the roof supported by pillars: as, the hypostyle hall at Karnak.
- n. In architecture, a structure, with or without inclosing walls, the ceiling of which is supported by columns; a covered colonnade; a pillared hall: applied specifically to the many columned halls of a type characteristic of ancient Egyptian religious architecture. The cut shows part of the interior of one of the greatest of these halls. An exterior view of a later and smaller example is given under Egyptian.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Arch.) Resting upon columns; constructed by means of columns; -- especially applied to the great hall at Karnak.
- From Ancient Greek ὑπόστυλος (hypóstylos). (Wiktionary)
- From Greek hupostūlos, resting upon pillars : hupo-, hypo- + stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She stopped on the processional way a short distance from the huge pylons that marked the entrance to the hypostyle hall.”
“The building is like that of Kuba, only smaller: and the hypostyle is hung with oil lamps and ostrich eggs, the usual paltry furniture of an Arab mausoleum.”
“It is a small strongly built square of hewn stone, with a dome covering the solitary hypostyle to the South, and the usual minaret.”
“They had chiselled away every portrait of the false pharaoh and expunged his name from the walls and tall hypostyle columns.”
“Now she kept a demure and chaste demeanour as Apepi led her down the long hypostyle gallery of the temple to the sanctuary.”
“The sloping roof was supported by tall hypostyle columns, miniature copies of those at the temple of Karnak.”
“When I looked round suddenly he was almost upon me, gliding between the pillars of the hypostyle hall towards me, slim and tall and deadly as an erect cobra.”
“A colonnaded court, hypostyle hall and antechamber led to two doors, beyond which were two precincts and two naos, or inner sanctums.”
“Nor was it the Temple of Karnak, whose hypostyle hall boasted one hundred and thirty-four massive columns, any one of which might have held one hundred standing men on a capital mushroomed sixty-nine feet above the ground.”
“The Temple, of which only the hypostyle hall remained, presented some interesting columns with stylized foliage and complicated geometric designs, but for Jenny it was rather anticlimactic aftej the more extreme grandeur of Luxor, Karnak and Thebes.”
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