What does Gable mean?

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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)


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. gable, gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a building, prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G. giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle; perh. akin to Gr. head, and E. cephalic, or to G. gabel fork, AS. geafl, E. gaffle, L. gabalus a kind of gallows.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gable

    gā′bl, n. (archit.) the triangular part of an exterior wall of a building between the top of the side-walls and the slopes on the roof—(Scot.) Gā′vel.—adj. Gā′bled.—ns. Gā′ble-end, the end-wall of a building on the side where there is a gable; Gā′blet (dim.), a small gable, as an ornament on buttresses, &c.; Gā′ble-win′dow, a window in the gable-end of a building, or a window with its upper part shaped like a gable. [The northern form gavel is prob. Ice. gafl; Sw. gafvel, Dan. gavl. The southern form gable is prob. through O. Fr. gable, jable from Ice. gafl.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. gable

    A term in early voyagers for cable. Thus, "Softe, ser, seyd the gabulle-rope, Methinke gode ale is in your tope."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Gable in a Sentence

  1. Pavel Fesyuk:

    I got a Gable Grip on the guy and just picked him up off the ground.

  2. Mickey Rooney:

    Clark Gable once said to me, 'Acting school?' [If you go,] I'll kill ya!

  3. Owen Gleiberman:

    Like Clark Gable, he (Pitt) has an aura, just an effortless zen, macho thing.

  4. National Hurricane Center:

    Life-threatening storm surge is possible along portions of the Florida Gulf Coast regardless of the storm's exact track or intensity, well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.

  5. Vivien Leigh:

    Who could quarrel with Clark Gable? We got on well. Whenever anyone on the set was tired or depressed, it was Gable who cheered that person up. Then the newspapers began printing the story that Gable and I were not getting on. This was so ridiculous it served only as a joke. From the time on the standard greeting between Clark and myself became, 'How are you not getting on today?

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