from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having gable-ends.


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  • A shed-roofed porch spans the gable-ended entry facade.

    Berkeley tests concept of backyard cottage

  • The area on which it is possible to build is so circumcised and steep, and the unpainted gable-ended houses are so perched here and there, and the water rushes so impetuously among them, that it reminded me slightly of a Swiss town.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • A very kind, sweet-voiced, smiling nun (I wonder, do they always choose the most agreeable and best-humored sister of the house to show it to strangers?) came tripping down the steps and across the flags of the little garden-court, and welcomed us with much courtesy into the neat little old-fashioned, red-bricked, gable-ended, shining-windowed Convent of the Angels.

    Little Travels and Roadside Sketches

  • It was a queer sort of place — a gable-ended old house, one side palsied as it were, and leaning over sadly.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Entering that gable-ended Spouter-Inn, you found yourself in a wide, low, straggling entry with old-fashioned wainscots, reminding one of the bulwarks of some condemned old craft.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • It is evident to the stranger, that as the gable-ended houses, which obtrude themselves corner-wise on the widening street, fall vacant, they are pulled down to allow of greater space for traffic, and a more modern style of architecture.

    The Life of Charlotte Bronte

  • And as for the country legends, the stories of the old gable-ended farmhouses, the place where the last skirmish was fought in the civil wars, where the parish butts stood, where the last highwayman turned to bay, where the last ghost was laid by the parson, they're gone out of date altogether.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • The original Day in Poketown had built a shingled, gable-ended cottage upon the side-hill which had now, for numberless years, been called

    Janice Day at Poketown

  • Clumsy, gable-ended houses, streets narrow and crooked, a wretched pavement -- such is the city.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • It was broad, spacious, and is still overlooked by many a tall and gable-ended mansion, whose antique and massive aspect announces that, like other Fifeshire burghs before the Union in the preceding year, it had seen better days.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852


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