A squinch in architecture is a construction filling in the upper angles of a square room so as to form a base to receive an octagonal or spherical dome. A later solution of this structural problem was provided by the pendentive. ==Construction== Squinches may be formed by masonry built out from the...
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In architecture, a squinch or sconce is a small arch, corbelling, or similar, built across an internal corner of a tower and used to support a superstructure such as a spire for example. In Gothic architecture, they are used to support the alternate sides of octagonal spires, lanterns, etc above
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An arch, or a system of concentrically wider and gradually projecting arches, placed at the corners of a square base to act as the transition to a circular dome placed on the base.
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[n] - a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire) 2. [v] - crouch down
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an arch which spans the angle formed by two walls meeting. Usually to carry a dome, a form which evolved into the pendentive. (Illustration)
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An architectural device constructed across the corners of a square bay and used to make a visual and structural transition from that square bay to the polygonal or circular base of a dome. It may be composed of lintels, corbels, or arches. Contrast it with a pendentive.
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Squinch noun [ Corrupted from sconce .] (Architecture) A small arch thrown across the corner of a square room to support a superimposed mass, as where an octagonal spire or drum rests upon a square tower; -- called also sconce , and
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noun a small arch built across the interior angle of two walls (usually to support a spire)
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