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

  • n. A framework or skeleton, as for a building or statue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A skeletal framework; an underlying structure.
  • n. Any supporting framework under a vault, roof etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, the framework or skeleton of a building or part of a building, as the ribs of a groined vault, the timber or metal frame of a roof, or the iron frame supporting a stained-glass window.


French, from Latin os, oss-, bone; see os2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ossature, from Latin osĀ ("bone") + -ature. (Wiktionary)


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