Definitions

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

  • noun The horizontal upper section of a classical building, resting on the columns and consisting of the architrave, frieze, and cornice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In architecture, that part of a lintel construction, or a structure consisting of horizontal members supported by columns or vertical members, which rests upon the columns and extends upward to the roof, or to the tympana of the pediments if these features are present.
  • noun In machinery, a strong iron frame supporting a paddle-shaft.

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

  • noun (Arch.) The superstructure which lies horizontally upon the columns. See Illust. of column, cornice.

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

  • noun architecture All that part of a classical temple above the capitals of the columns; includes the architrave, frieze, and cornice but not the roof

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

  • noun (architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof

Etymologies

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

[Obsolete French, from Italian intavolatura, from intavolare, to put on a table : in-, in, on (from Latin; see en–) + tavola, table (from Latin tabula, board).]

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