from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having eight frontal columns in the portico, as in some Greek temples.
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- adj. Having eight columns in the front row (of a portico etc.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See octostyle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In architecture, having, or characterized by the presence of, eight columns, as a portico or a building having eight columns in front.
- n. A building having eight columns in front; especially, a Greek or Roman temple having that number of columns in the front row of the portico.
A third method of designating or distinguishing the temples is by the number of columns in front, thus temples are called tetrastyle, hexastyle, octastyle, that is having five, six, or eight columns.
If an octastyle is to be constructed, let the front be divided into twenty-four parts and a half.
Then, whether the temple is to be tetrastyle, hexastyle, or octastyle, let one of these parts be taken, and it will be the module.
These rules for symmetry were established by Hermogenes, who was also the first to devise the principle of the pseudodipteral octastyle.
The dipteral also is octastyle in both front and rear porticoes, but it has two rows of columns all round the temple, like the temple of
There is no example of this sort in Rome, but in Athens there is the octastyle in the precinct of the Olympian.
It was an octastyle peripteral temple, with seventeen columns on the side, and measured 220 by 100 feet on the top of the stylobate.
It was peripteral, octastyle; that is, surrounded with a portico of columns, with eight to each façade.