What does gable mean?

Definitions for gable
ˈgeɪ bəlgable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gable, gable end, gable wallnoun

    the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof

  2. Gable, Clark Gable, William Clark Gablenoun

    United States film actor (1901-1960)


  1. gablenoun

    The triangular area of external wall adjacent to two meeting sloped roofs.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gablenoun

    The sloping roof of a building.

    Etymology: gaval, Welsh; gable, French.

    Take care that all your brick-work be covered with the tiling, according to the new way of building, without gable ends, which are very heavy, and very apt to let the water into the brick-work. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gablenoun

    a cable

  2. Gablenoun

    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. Gablenoun

    the end wall of a building, as distinguished from the front or rear side

  4. Gablenoun

    a decorative member having the shape of a triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a doorway

  5. Etymology: [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."

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GABLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gable is ranked #3634 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gable surname appeared 9,779 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Gable.

    90% or 8,808 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 496 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 202 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 149 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 79 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 45 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for gable »

  1. belga

  2. gleba

  3. bagel

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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. Owen Gleiberman:

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

  2. James Hong:

    My first movie was with Clark Gable, but back in those days, the leading role was played by these guys with their eyes taped up, and they talked like this, the producer said the Asians were not good enough and they (were) not box office, but look at us now.

  3. Pavel Fesyuk:

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

  4. 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?

  5. Mickey Rooney:

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

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    remarkable or wonderful
    • A. bonzer
    • B. sesquipedalian
    • C. lank
    • D. commensal

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