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ˈæt ɪkat·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loft, attic, garretnoun

    floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage

  2. Attic, Ionic, Ionic dialect, Classical Greeknoun

    the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia

  3. attic, bean, bonce, noodle, noggin, domenoun

    informal terms for a human head

  4. atticadjective

    (architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof

  5. Atticadjective

    of or relating to Attica or its inhabitants or to the dialect spoken in Athens in classical times

    "Attic Greek"

Wiktionary

  1. atticnoun

    The space, often unfinished and with sloped walls, directly below the roof in the uppermost part of a house or other building, generally used for storage or habitation.

    We went up to the attic to look for the boxes containing our childhood keepsakes.

  2. Atticadjective

    Relating to Athenian culture or architecture.

  3. Atticnoun

    An ancient Greek dialect spoken in Attica, Euboea, and the northern coastal regions of the Aegean Sea.

  4. Etymology: From the practice of decorating the top storey of building façades in the Attic architectural style.

Wikipedia

  1. Attic

    An attic (sometimes referred to as a loft) is a space found directly below the pitched roof of a house or other building; an attic may also be called a sky parlor or a garret. Because attics fill the space between the ceiling of the top floor of a building and the slanted roof, they are known for being awkwardly shaped spaces with exposed rafters and difficult-to-reach corners. While some attics are converted into bedrooms, home offices, or attic apartments complete with windows and staircases, most remain difficult to access (and are usually entered using a loft hatch and ladder). Attics help control temperatures in a house by providing a large mass of slowly moving air, and are often used for storage. The hot air rising from the lower floors of a building is often retained in attics, further compounding their reputation as inhospitable environments. However, in recent years attics have been insulated to help decrease heating costs, since, on average, uninsulated attics account for 15 percent of the total energy loss in average houses.A loft or mezzanine is also the uppermost space in a building but is distinguished from an attic in that an attic typically constitutes an entire floor of the building, while a loft or mezzanine covers only a few rooms, leaving one or more sides open to the lower floor.Attics are found in many different shapes and sizes. They also have many uses: in residential buildings, attics are either small unusable spaces filled with insulation, either spaces with storage/HVAC equipment. Some commercial buildings also have attics under their pitched roof- these ones are usually used for storage, as a mechanical floor, or as a roof access space. Some attics in commercial buildings contain electric circuits and wires for lighted signs on the building’s walls.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atticadjective

    of or pertaining to Attica, in Greece, or to Athens, its principal city; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians; classical; refined

  2. Atticadjective

    a low story above the main order or orders of a facade, in the classical styles; -- a term introduced in the 17th century. Hence:

  3. Atticadjective

    a room or rooms behind that part of the exterior; all the rooms immediately below the roof

  4. Atticadjective

    an Athenian; an Athenian author

  5. Etymology: [L. Atticus, Gr. .]

Freebase

  1. Attic

    An attic is a space found directly below the pitched roof of a house or other building. Attic is generally the North American English term for it. As attics fill the space between the ceiling of the top floor of a building and the slanted roof, they are known for being awkwardly shaped spaces with exposed rafters and difficult-to-reach corners. While some attics are converted into bedrooms or home offices, complete with windows and staircases, most attics remain hard to reach and neglected, and are typically used for storage. It is a word ultimately derived from the Attica region around Athens, Greece. Attics can also help control temperature in a house by providing a large mass of slowly moving air. Hot air rising from lower floors of a building often gets retained in the attic, further compounding their reputation as inhospitable environments. However, in recent years many attics have been insulated to help decrease heating costs since on average, uninsulated attics account for 15% of the total energy loss in a typical house.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attic

    at′ik, adj. pertaining to Attica or to Athens: chaste, refined, elegant like the Athenians.—v.t. Att′icise, to make conformable to the language or idiom of Attica.—v.i. to use the idioms of the Athenians: to side with the Athenians, to affect Attic or Greek style or manners.—n. At′ticism.—Attic salt, wit of a dry, delicate, and refined quality. [Gr. Attikos, Attic, Athenian, Attikē, Attica, perh. from aktē, headland, though connected by some with astu, city.]

  2. Attic

    at′ik, n. (archit.) a low story above the cornice that terminates the main part of an elevation: a room in the roof of a house. [Introduced in architecture from the idea that the feature to which it alluded was constructed in the Athenian manner.]

Editors Contribution

  1. attic

    The space within the roof area of a house, apartment, bungalow, cabin, pod, premises, property of form of housing.

    Many people transform the attic of their property into a bedroom, office or for other purposes.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attic in a Sentence

  1. Jessica Lautz:

    Homeowners tend to undertake a remodeling project for any number of reasons, in some instances, homeowners were content with sprucing up a room with a simple paint job, while in other cases, families decided to take on the task of renovating an entire attic or basement to add additional living space to their home.

  2. Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images:

    I was back home in Switzerland, [I found that] my mother kept all her awards, film memorabilia, costumes and photographs in the attic. That’s how I first discovered her films.

  3. Sandra Alvarez:

    She was asking for help. She was saying ‘The kids, the kids, the kids. Help bring the kids outside,’ she was worried about the people stuck in the house. I think they were stuck in the stairs and they had to come out from the attic.

  4. Eric Turquin:

    They had to go through the attic and break a door which they had never opened .. They broke the door and behind it was that picture. It's really incredible.

  5. 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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