Definitions for gableˈgeɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ga•bleˈgeɪ bəl(n.)

  1. the portion of the front or side of a building, usu. triangular in shape, enclosed by or masking the end of a roof that slopes downward from a central ridge.

    Category: Architecture

  2. a decorative architectural feature suggesting a triangular gable.

    Category: Architecture

  3. Also called ga′ble wall`. a wall topped by a gable.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of gable:

1325–75; ME < OF (of Gmc orig.); c. ON gafl; cf. OE gafol, geafel a fork

ga′ble•like`(adj.)

Ga•bleˈgeɪ bəl(n.)

  1. (William) Clark, 1901–60, U.S. film actor.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gable, gable end, gable wall(noun)

    the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof

  2. Gable, Clark Gable, William Clark Gable(noun)

    United States film actor (1901-1960)

Wiktionary

  1. gable(Noun)

    The triangular area of external wall adjacent to two meeting sloped roofs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gable(noun)

    a cable

  2. Gable(noun)

    the vertical triangular portion of the end of a building, from the level of the cornice or eaves to the ridge of the roof. Also, a similar end when not triangular in shape, as of a gambrel roof and the like

  3. Gable(noun)

    the end wall of a building, as distinguished from the front or rear side

  4. Gable(noun)

    a decorative member having the shape of a triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a doorway

Freebase

  1. Gable

    A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of a sloping roof. The shape of the gable and how it is detailed depends on the structural system being used and aesthetic concerns. Thus the type of roof enclosing the volume dictates the shape of the gable. A gable wall or gable end more commonly refers to the entire wall, including the gable and the wall below it. A variation of the gable is a crow-stepped gable, which has a stair-step design to accomplish the sloping portion. Crow-stepped gables were used in Scotland and England as early as the seventeenth century. Examples of the crow-stepped gable can be seen at Muchalls Castle and Monboddo House, both 17th century Scottish buildings. Other early examples are found in parts of Denmark and Sweden. Gable ends of more recent buildings are often treated in the same way as the Classic pediment form. But unlike Classical structures, which operate through trabeation, the gable ends of many buildings are actually bearing-wall structures. Thus, the detailing tends to be ambiguous, misleading, and to some architects "deceitful". See: John Ruskin and The Seven Lamps of Architecture.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

gable(noun)

the triangular part of the side wall of a building between the sloping parts of the roof.

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