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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A concave molding with a cross section that approximates a quarter circle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In architecture, a hollow member, or round concave molding, containing at least the quadrant of a circle, used in cornices, between the tori of bases, etc.
  • noun In decorative art, a hollow or recessed pattern: the reverse of relief and rilievo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A concave molding; -- used chiefly in classical architecture. See Illust. of column.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun architecture A concave moulding.

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

  • noun a concave molding shaped like a quarter circle in cross section

Etymologies

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

[Italian, diminutive of cavo, hollow, from Latin cavus; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]

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Italian cavetto, from cavo ("hollow"), Latin cavus.

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