from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In ancient architecture, the lower member of the entablature, properly of a Greek order, also known by its Roman name, the architrave: a massive horizontal beam of stone or wood resting immediately upon the abaci of the capitals of a range of columns or pillars. See cut under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Anc. Arch.) A massive piece of stone or wood laid immediately on the abacus of the capital of a column or pillar; -- now called
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- noun architecture, historical A massive piece of stone or wood laid immediately on the
abacusof the capitalof a columnor pillar; an architrave.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The frieze, where of old would prance an exuberant processional of gods, is, in this case, bare of decoration, but upon the epistyle is written in simple, stern letters the word, "EUSTON."
The capital is made up of a circular cushion or _echinus_ adorned with fine grooves called _annulæ_, and a plain square _abacus_ or cap Upon this rests a plain architrave or _epistyle_, with a narrow fillet, the _tænia_, running along its upper edge.
The frieze, where of old would prance an exuberant processional of gods, is, in this case, bare of decoration, but upon the epistyle is written in simple, stern letters the word "EUSTON."
a fountain crowned by a Bacchic Kantharos, and wrote on its epistyle a brilliant epigram, inviting the faithful to purify themselves bodily and spiritually, before presenting themselves to the apostle within.
n. - beam resting directly on columns; epistyle; moulding at head and sides of window or doorway.