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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eavesnoun

    the overhang at the lower edge of a roof


  1. eavesnoun

    The underside of a roof that extends beyond the external walls of a building

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EAVESnoun

    The edges of the roof which overhang the house.

    Etymology: efese, Saxon.

    Every night he comes
    With musick of all sorts, and songs compos’d
    To her unworthiness: it nothing steads us
    To chide him from our eaves; for he persists,
    As if his life lay on’t. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    His tears run down his beard, like Winter drops
    From eaves of reeds. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    If in the beginning of Winter the drops of the eaves of houses come more slowly down than they use, it portendeth a hard and frosty Winter. Francis Bacon, №. 811.

    Usher’d with a shower still,
    When the gust hath blown his fill,
    Ending on the rusling leaves,
    With minute drops from off the eaves. John Milton.

    The icicles hang down from the eaves of houses. John Woodward.


  1. Eaves

    The eaves are the edges of the roof which overhang the face of a wall and, normally, project beyond the side of a building. The eaves form an overhang to throw water clear of the walls and may be highly decorated as part of an architectural style, such as the Chinese dougong bracket systems.


  1. eaves

    Eaves are the part of a roof that overhangs the walls of a building to provide protection from the elements, such as sunlight and rain. They also assist in controlling water runoff, preventing water from seeping into the building's foundations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eaves

    the edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof

  2. Eaves

    brow; ridge

  3. Eaves

    eyelids or eyelashes

  4. Etymology: [OE. evese, pl. eveses, AS. efese eaves, brim, brink; akin to OHG. obisa, opasa, porch, hall, MHG. obse eaves, Icel. ups, Goth. ubizwa porch; cf. Icel. upsar-dropi, OSw. ops-drup water dropping from the eaves. Probably from the root of E. over. The s of eaves is in English regarded as a plural ending, though not so in Saxon. See Over, and cf. Eavesdrop.]


  1. Eaves

    An eave is the edge of a roof. They normally project beyond the side of the building so they can carry rain water away.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eaves

    ēvz, n.pl. the projecting edge of the roof: anything projecting.—ns. Eaves′drip, Eaves′drop, the water which falls from the eaves of a house: the place where the drops fall.—v.i. and v.t. Eaves′drop, to stand under the eaves or near the windows of a house to listen: to listen for secrets.—ns. Eaves′dropper, one who thus listens: one who tries to overhear private conversation; Eaves′dropping. [A.S. efes, the clipped edge of thatch; cf. Ice. ups.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. EAVES

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Eaves is ranked #4489 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Eaves surname appeared 7,902 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Eaves.

    82.6% or 6,528 total occurrences were White.
    11.2% or 887 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 191 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 168 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 100 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. evase

  2. seave

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Eaves in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Eaves in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Eaves in a Sentence

  1. Victor Sedinger:

    Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that can invite all kinds of critters into your attic space.

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