Definitions for gargoyleˈgɑr gɔɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gar•goyleˈgɑr gɔɪl(n.)

  1. a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.

    Category: Architecture

  2. a spout, terminating in a grotesque representation of a human or animal figure, projecting from the gutter of a building for throwing rainwater clear of the building.

    Category: Architecture

Origin of gargoyle:

1250–1300; ME gargoile < OF gargouille, gargoule lit., throat; see gargle

gar′goyled(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gargoyle(noun)

    a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal

  2. gargoyle(noun)

    an ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal

Wiktionary

  1. gargoyle(Noun)

    A carved grotesque figure on a spout which conveys water away from the gutters.

  2. gargoyle(Noun)

    Any decorative carved grotesque figure on a building.

  3. gargoyle(Noun)

    A fictional winged creature.

  4. gargoyle(Noun)

    An ugly woman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gargoyle(noun)

    a spout projecting from the roof gutter of a building, often carved grotesquely

Freebase

  1. Gargoyle

    In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque, usually made of granite, with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth. Gargoyles are usually an elongated fantastic animal because the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is thrown from the wall. When Gothic flying buttresses were used, aqueducts were sometimes cut into the buttress to divert water over the aisle walls.

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