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

  • The projecting overhang at the lower edge of a roof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The underside of a roof that extends beyond the external walls of a building

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof.
  • Brow; ridge.
  • Eyelids or eyelashes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Edge; border; margin.
  • Specifically The lower edge of a roof; that part of the roof of a building which projects beyond the wall and sheds the water that falls on the roof; hence, figuratively, any projecting rim.

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

  • n. the overhang at the lower edge of a roof


Middle English eves, from Old English efes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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