Definition of Eaves

1. Noun. The overhang at the lower edge of a roof.

Generic synonyms: Overhang
Group relationships: Roof
Language type: Plural, Plural Form



Definition of Eaves

1. n. pl. The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof.

Definition of Eaves

1. Noun. The underside of a roof that extends beyond the external walls of a building ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Eaves

1. eave [n] - See also: eave

Medical Definition of Eaves

1. 1. The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof. 2. Brow; ridge. "Eaves of the hill." 3. Eyelids or eyelashes. "And closing eaves of wearied eyes. " (Tennyson) Eaves board . The cliff swallow; so called from its habit of building retort-shaped nests of mud under the eaves of buildings. See Cliff swallow. The European swallow. Origin: OE. Evese, pl. Eveses, AS. Efese eaves, brim, brink; akin to OHG. Obisa, opasa, porch, hall, MHG. Obse eaves, Icel. Ups, Goth. Ubizwa porch; cf. Icel. Upsar-dropi, OSw. Opsa-drup water dropping from the eaves. Probably from the root of E. Over. The s of eaves is in English regarded as a plural ending, though not so in Saxon. See Over, and cf. Eavesdrop. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Eaves

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eau
eau de Javelle
eau de cologne
eau de cologne mint
eau de nil
eau de nils
eau de toilette
eau de vie
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eave
eaved
eavedrop
eavedrops
eaves (current term)
eaves trough
eaves troughs
eavesdrip
eavesdrips
eavesdrop
eavesdropped
eavesdropper
eavesdroppers
eavesdropping
eavesdroppingly
eavesdroppings
eavesdrops
eavestrough
eavestroughs

Literary usage of Eaves

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1. A History of Muhlenberg County by Otto Arthur Rothert (1913)
"2 Judge eaves recognized the great educational value of travel. ... 1 Mr. and Mrs. John S. eaves were the parents of: (1) Sanders, who married Jane Short; ..."

2. Building Construction and Superintendence by Frank Eugene Kidder (1915)
"The gutter or eaves, however, must be finished, at least on top, ... eaves, CORNICES AND GUTTERS. 169. GENERAL CONSTRUCTION OF eaves, CORNICES AND GUTTERS. ..."

3. Building Construction and Superintendence by Frank Eugene Kidder (1906)
"The gutter or eaves, how- €ver, must be finished, at least on top, ... The projection and •finish of the eaves also have a very decided effect upon the ..."

4. Technology Review by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Association of Class Secretaries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association (1900)
""Colonnades to the eaves." After a while you begin to ask questions, and wonder why you have not known of this town before. The answers to your questions ..."

5. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (1916)
"... home under the eaves of men's houses and ever leaving the homes they had built to wander. Bend down your faces, ..."

6. The Law of Operations Preliminary to Construction in Engineering and by John Cassan Wait (1900)
"Easement of eaves-drip.—The right to discharge water from roofs upon adjoining lands may be acquired by continued adverse use for the prescriptive or ..."

7. A History of Architectural Development by Frederick Moore Simpson (1913)
"The covering tiles were stopped at the eaves by ... for which was doubtless derived from the custom, still general, of tilting ordinary tiles at the eaves. ..."

8. Digest of the Law of Restrictions on the Use of Real Property by Claude Perrin Berry (1915)
"eaves, as violative of restriction against building. Where a restriction is placed upon a lot to the effect that no building shall be erected thereon nearer ..."

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