What does entasis mean?

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ˈɛn tə sɪsen·ta·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. entasisnoun

    a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight


  1. entasisnoun

    A slight convex curvature introduced into the shaft of a column for aesthetic reasons, or to compensate for the illusion of concavity.

    Etymology: from έντασις, from εντείνω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Entasisnoun

    a slight convex swelling of the shaft of a column

    Etymology: [NL., from Gr. a stretching; fr. ; in + to extend.]

  2. Entasisnoun

    same as Entasia

    Etymology: [NL., from Gr. a stretching; fr. ; in + to extend.]


  1. Entasis

    In architecture, entasis is the application of a convex curve to a surface for aesthetic purposes. Its best-known use is in certain orders of Classical columns that curve slightly as their diameter is decreased from the bottom upwards. In the Hellenistic period some columns with entasis are cylindrical in their lower parts. Some Roman columns are "cigar-shaped", with the widest point some distance above the foot, but this is unusual and to most eyes unattractive. The word derives from the Greek word εντείνω, "to stretch or strain tight".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Entasis

    en′ta-sis, n. (archit.) the swelling outline of the shaft of a column—also Entā′sia: constrictive or tonic spasm.—adj. Entas′tic. [Gr.,—en, in, teinein, to stretch.]

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  1. tisanes

  2. nasties

  3. Saintes

  4. tansies

  5. sestina

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of entasis in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of entasis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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