Friday Humor: 10 Most Suggestive Terms in Architecture


Came
A slender, grooved lead bar used to hold together the panes in stained glass or lattice windows.

Sexfoil
A six-lobed circle or arch formed by cusping.
Used in windows and arches.

Chimney Breast
The stone, brick or cement structure that projects into a room and contains the fireplace flue.

Thrust
The outward force exerted by an arch or a vault that must be counterbalanced by buttresses.

Compound Arch
Narrow arches set one within the other to form a larger arch. Commonly found in church design.

Groin
A roof with sharp edges at intersection of cross-vaults.

Groin Vault
A vault produced by the intersection at right angles of two barrel vaults.

Shaft
The trunk of a column between the base and the capital.

Pulvinus
The roll forming the side of an Ionic capital.

Strapwork
Decoration formed by folded, crossed, and sometimes interlaced thin strip – suggestive of leather straps – either applied (usually glued) or carved in wood, stone, or plaster.

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