from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the curved, pointed shape of an ogive.
  • adj. Possessing ogives.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In architecture, of or pertaining to an ogive; characterized by the pointed arch or vault.
  • Resembling in shape a pointed arch.
  • In ordnance, noting the form of longitudinal section of the head of modern projectiles. The radius of the ogive is from 2 to 3 calibers.


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  • The exuberant phoenix motifs are enclosed within an ogival cartouche, so called because its outlines echo those of a pointed Gothic arch.

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  • I ran the last few steps into the sunlight, which streamed in through two ogival windows.

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  • With three-tiered roofs and no trace of the later onion domes and ogival arches, traditional Malay mosques are well ventilated and perfectly suited to a tropical climate.

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  • Catherine's red palace, with a classical plan, white gothic detailing, large columns and ogival arcades, stretches 145 meters long.

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  • They emerged onto the main level beneath the ogival arcade, quite near the schola cantorum.

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  • A ceiling of blackened wooden beams gave way to an elegant, high ogival arcade encrusted with mosaic scenes from the Bible.

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  • The road away goes curving through the ogival opening, out into the night meadows.

    Gravity's Rainbow

  • In some respects this enthusiasm for the Middle Ages and for Gothic architecture in particular was a matter of fashion: thus Parisian letters of 1834 record as superlatives current in the salons — alongside such curiosities as pyramidale, babylonien, and apocalyptique — the epithets gothique, ogival, and flamboyant.


  • The ogival head is usually designed by using a radius of two calibers.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891

  • The blunt trifaced has all the good qualities of the ogival of two calibers.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 803, May 23, 1891


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  • Even today, every house in the upper city still has a cellar with ogival vaults--there must be more than one hundred of them. And every cellar has an entrance to a tunnel.

    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 126

    September 29, 2008