Definition of Entasis

1. Noun. A slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight.

Group relationships: Column, Pillar
Generic synonyms: Convex Shape, Convexity



Definition of Entasis

1. n. A slight convex swelling of the shaft of a column.

Definition of Entasis

1. Noun. (architecture) A slight convex curvature introduced into the shaft of a column for aesthetic reasons, or to compensate for the illusion of concavity. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Entasis

1. a slight convexity in a column [n -TASES] : ENTASTIC [adj]

Medical Definition of Entasis

1. 1. A slight convex swelling of the shaft of a column. 2. Same as Entasia. Origin: NL, from Gr. A stretching; fr.; in + to extend. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Entasis

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Greek Refinements: Studies in Temperamental Architecture by William Henry Goodyear (1912)
"That Mr. Penrose did not confine his explanation of the entasis to the purpose of optical correction will be apparent in the quotations which have appeared ..."

2. The Propylaia to the Athenian Akropolis: The Classical Building by William Bell Dinsmoor (2004)
"It is evident, therefore, that in classical buildings the maximum entasis was not determined with reference to the standard dimensions ofthe shaft, ..."

3. Robert Adam, Artist and Architect: His Works and His System by Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald (1904)
"The entasis is perfectly exquisite and to it is owing the charm. There is nothing fanciful in all this, for there are abundant ..."

4. Peloponnesiaca: A Supplement to Travels on the Moréa by William Martin Leake (1846)
"And yet it would seem that neither the inclination of columns, nor their entasis or curved diminution, were known to Vitruvius. By him entasis is described ..."

5. The Principles of Greek Art by Percy Gardner (1914)
"... gives an appearance of stability which would be absent if all the columns were perfectly vertical." " The entasis, FIG. 2. — Sloping lines of basis of ..."

6. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People by Chambers, W. and R., publ (1876)
"For example, the | columns have an entasis (qv) or slight swelling formed by a hyperbolic curve ; the architrave of the front is curved upwards, ..."

7. Putnam's Magazine: Original Papers on Literature, Science, Art, and National by John Walter Osborne (1868)
"Prom this the tower rises (decreasing in width, and with a sort of swelling or entasis in the middle of its elevation, something like the beautiful model ..."

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