from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gutter suspended immediately under the eaves of a roof to catch the drip.


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  • A rusty tin eaves-trough had slipped from its fastenings at the back of the house and when the wind blew it beat against the roof of a small shed, making a dismal drumming noise that sometimes persisted all through the night.

    Winesburg, Ohio: a Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life

  • Throughout the spring, and far into the summer, I watch the domestic affairs in the eaves-trough.

    Roof and Meadow

  • A pair of sparrows nest regularly in an eaves-trough, so close to the roof that I can overhear their family talk.

    Roof and Meadow

  • Union flag which her mother had made, and with this a set of silver spoons her grandfather had given to her; these she had hid up in the eaves-trough.

    Autobiography of John G. Fee: Berea, Kentucky

  • On one slope, the roof was deeply weather-stained, and, nigh the turfy eaves-trough, all velvet-napped; no doubt the snail-monks founded mossy priories there.

    The piazza tales


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