Definitions for exedraˈɛk sɪ drə, ɛkˈsi-; ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•e•draˈɛk sɪ drə, ɛkˈsi-; ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri(n.)(pl.)ex•e•drae

  1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a recess in the wall of a courtyard or other open area, as in a palaestra, used for lectures or meetings.

    Category: Antiquities

  2. a permanent outdoor bench, semicircular in plan and having a high back.

    Category: Furniture, Architecture

Origin of exedra:

1700–10; < L < Gk exédra=ex-ex -3+(h)édra seat, bench

Wiktionary

  1. exedra(Noun)

    A semicircular recess, with stone benches, used as a place for discussion.

  2. exedra(Noun)

    A curved bench with a high back.

  3. Origin: From ἐξ + ἕδρα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exedra(noun)

    a room in a public building, furnished with seats

  2. Exedra(noun)

    the projection of any part of a building in a rounded form

  3. Exedra(noun)

    any out-of-door seat in stone, large enough for several persons; esp., one of curved form

Freebase

  1. Exedra

    In architecture, an exedra is a semicircular recess or plinth, often crowned by a semi-dome, which is sometimes set into a building's facade. The original Greek sense was applied to a room that opened onto a stoa, ringed with curved high-backed stone benches, a suitable place for a philosophical conversation. An exedra may also be expressed by a curved break in a colonnade, perhaps with a semicircular seat. The exedra would typically have an apsidal podium that supported the stone running bench. The free-standing exedra, often originally supporting bronze portrait statues is a familiar type of Hellenistic structure, characteristically sited along sacred ways or in open places in sanctuaries, such as at Delos or Epidaurus; sometimes Hellenistic exedrae were built in relation to a city's agora, as at Priene. Monument architects have also used this free-standing style in modern times.

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