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the molding around a door or window
the lowest part of an entablature; rests immediately on the capitals of the columns
The lowest part of an entablature; rests on the capitals of the columns
The mouldings (or other elements) framing a door, window or other rectangular opening
Etymology: First attested 1563, from architrave, from archi- "main" + trave "beam."
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
That part of a column, or order of a column, which lies immediately upon the capital, and is the lowest member of the entablature. This member is different in the different orders; and, in building architrave doors and windows, the workman frequently follows his own fancy. The architrave is sometimes called the reason piece, or master beam, in timber buildings, as porticos, cloisters, &c. In chimnies it is called the mantle piece; and over jambs of doors, and lintels of windows, hyperthyron. Builder’s Dict.
Etymology: from ἀϱχὴ, chief, and trabs, Lat. a beam; because it is supposed to represent the principal beam in timber buildings.
The materials laid over this pillar were of wood; through the lightness whereof the architrave could not suffer, nor the column itself, being so substantial. Henry Wotton, Architecture.
Westward a pompous frontispiece appear’d,
On Dorick pillars of white marble rear’d,
Crown’d with an architrave of antique mold,
And sculpture rising on the roughen’d gold. Alexander Pope, T. of F.
In classical architecture, an architrave (; from Italian: architrave "chief beam", also called an epistyle; from Greek ἐπίστυλον epistylon "door frame") is the lintel or beam that rests on the capitals of columns. The term can also apply to all sides, including the vertical members, of a frame with mouldings around a door or window. The word "architrave" has come to be used to refer more generally to a style of mouldings (or other elements) framing a door, window or other rectangular opening, where the horizontal "head" casing extends across the tops of the vertical side casings where the elements join (forming a butt joint, as opposed to a miter joint).
the lower division of an entablature, or that part which rests immediately on the column, esp. in classical architecture. See Column
the group of moldings, or other architectural member, above and on both sides of a door or other opening, especially if square in form
Etymology: [F. architrave, fr. It. architrave; pref. archi- + trave beam, L. trabs.]
An architrave is the lintel or beam that rests on the capitals of the columns. It is an architectural element in Classical architecture. The word architrave is also used to refer more generally to the mouldings framing a door, window or other rectangular opening.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ärk′i-trāv, n. (archit.) the lowest division of the entablature resting immediately on the abacus of the column: collective name for the various parts, jambs, lintels, &c. which surround a door or window.—p.adj. Arch′itraved. [It. from Gr. archi-, chief, and L. trab-em, trabs, a beam.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the lowest part of an entablature, resting immediately on the capital.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
The master-beam, or chief supporter, in any part of subterraneous fortification.
The numerical value of architrave in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of architrave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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