from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A decorative molding consisting of a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with dart-shaped, anchor-shaped, or tongue-shaped figures.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a decorative ovolo molding, having a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with another shape in the form of a dart or anchor. Also used attributively. Called also egg and dart, and egg and tongue
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a decorative molding; a series of egg-shaped figures alternating with another shape
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While the Lucas and Spielberg Buildings 'deep eaves, tile roofs, belvedere and spacious courtyard hearken back to the vernacular manor houses of Tuscany, there's an unwieldy overlay, with classical egg-and-dart moldings mixing it up with pink, spiral-shafted Romanesque colonettes and Prairie Style-like window muntins.
Georgia sneaked past the dog and whistled as she took in the Bordeaux-colored walls, egg-and-dart moldings, and cast plaster medallions on the ceiling.
Between the roof and the friezes, and below them, panels are trimmed in vine leaves, Greek labyrinths and egg-and-dart motifs.
In any case, several egg-and-dart fragments from Ionic capitals or other architectural elements are early Imperial in date.
Cornices of beds and cabinets often had the egg-and-dart molding used on them, and the S-curve is often seen opposed on the backs of settees and chairs.
You see the great square chimney; the tiny window-panes, six to a sash, some of them turned by time, not into the purple of Beacon Hill but into a kind of prismatic sheen like oil on water; the bit of classic egg-and-dart border on the door-cap; the aged texture of the weathered clapboard; the graceful arch of the wide woodshed entrance, on the kitchen side; the giant elm rising far above the roof.
Many ornamental motives, like the zigzag and the egg-and-dart, for example, had originally a symbolic value.
He first sets a good strong architectural moulding of classic egg-and-dart, and leaf, and into this able motive thrusts hooks and rings.
It is a pattern, like the egg-and-dart ornament or the Greek key.
This design is none other than the so-called "egg-and-dart" pattern of Greek architecture.