Definitions

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

  • noun A slight convexity or swelling, as in the shaft of a column, intended to compensate for the illusion of concavity resulting from straight sides.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In architecture, the swelling or outward curve of tho profile of tho shaft of a column.
  • noun In pathology, constrictive or tonic spasm, as cramp, lockjaw, etc. See tetanus. Also entasia.

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

  • noun (Arch.) A slight convex swelling of the shaft of a column.
  • noun (Med.) Same as Entasia.

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

  • noun architecture A slight convex curvature introduced into the shaft of a column for aesthetic reasons, or to compensate for the illusion of concavity.

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

  • noun a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight

Etymologies

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

[Latin, from Greek, tension, from enteinein, to stretch tight : en-, intensive pref.; see en– + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin, from Ancient Greek έντασις (entasis, "tension, straining"), from εντείνω (enteino, "to stretch or strain tight").

Examples

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  • Bugger. I prefer my illusions undisturbed.

    January 5, 2008

  • "Fātima steps over those motionless bodies caught up in what they're protesting; following in Fātima's footsteps, I enter the high-ceilinged room, airy and light, slender columns, exaggerated by entasis, shaft topped by a capital, a typically Tunisoise interpretation of composite order, the capital itself topped by a tall impost."

    Talismano by Abdelwahab Meddeb, translated by Jane Kuntz, p 173 of the Dalkey Archive Press paperback

    October 1, 2011

  • The cause of diplomacy benefits

    From delicate shifts of emphasis,

    So politely belittle

    The bulge in his middle

    With praise of the genius of entasis.

    June 30, 2015