from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture A triangular section of vaulting between the rim of a dome and each adjacent pair of the arches that support it.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The concave triangular sections of vaulting that provide the transition between a dome and the square base on which it is set and transfer the weight of the dome.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The portion of a vault by means of which the square space in the middle of a building is brought to an octagon or circle to receive a cupola.
- n. The part of a groined vault which is supported by, and springs from, one pier or corbel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, one of the triangular segments of the lower part of a hemispherical dome left by the penetration of the dome by two semicircular or ogival vaults, intersecting at right angles.
- Having pendentives; of the shape of or pertaining to pendentives.
The westernmost pendentive on either side rests on a
There is foliage upon the capitals of these vaulting-shafts, and upon the capital and base of that which supports the last pendentive of the vaulting.
The last pendentive of the vaulting rests on a single shaft springing directly from a head-corbel.
The most remarkable part of the structure is the cupola, terminating in an octagonal lantern, and supported on pendentive arches.
Near this station is the church of St. Paul, all modern excepting the beautiful N. portal, the handsome octagonal lantern resting on pendentive arches, a few of the windows, and part of the walls which belonged to the original church of the 11th cent.
The cupola of the chancel rests on circular pendentive arches springing from four granite columns which stood formerly in the temple of Augustus.
Above it was a pendentive roof, richly carved and coloured.
The angel figures of this pendentive are among the most beautiful and characteristic of the myriad throng of the cupola.
The pendentive of our illustration contains St. John with St. Augustine.
The angel figures of the pendentive are worthy of notice.