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oʊˈdʒi, ˈoʊ dʒiogee

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ogee, cyma reversanoun

    a molding that (in section) has the shape of an S with the convex part above and the concave part below


  1. ogeenoun

    A double curve in the shape of an elongated S; an object of that shape

  2. ogeenoun

    A pointed arch made from two ogees

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ogee, Ogivenoun

    Is a sort of moulding in architecture, consisting of a round and a hollow: it is almost in the form of an S, and is the same with what Vitruvius calls cima. Cima reversa, is an ogee with the hollow downwards. John Harris


  1. Ogee

    An ogee ( ) is the name given to objects, elements, and curves—often seen in architecture and building trades—that have been variously described as serpentine-, extended S-,: 218  or sigmoid-shaped. Ogees consist of a "double curve", the combination of two semicircular curves or arcs that, as a result of a point of inflection from concave to convex or vice versa,: 218  have ends of the overall curve that point in opposite directions (and have tangents that are approximately parallel). First seen in textiles in the 12th century, the use of ogee elements—in particular, in the design of arches—has been said to characterise various Gothic and Gothic Revival architectural styles.: 218  The shape has many such uses in architecture from those periods to the present day, including in the ogee arch in these architectural styles,: 218  where two ogees oriented as mirror images compose the sides of the arch, and in decorative molding designs, where single ogees are common profiles (see opening image). The term is also used in marine construction. The word was sometimes abbreviated as o-g as early as the 18th century,: 218  and in millwork trades associated with building construction, ogee is still sometimes written similarly (e.g., as O.G.).


  1. ogee

    An ogee is a type of design and architectural feature characterized by a double curve, typically a concave curve immediately above a convex one, resembling an S shape. It is often seen in arches, moldings, and other architectural elements, as well as in mathematics and fluid mechanics.


  1. Ogee

    An ogee is a curve, shaped somewhat like an S, consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite senses, so that the ends are tangential. The term has uses in architecture, mathematics, and fluid mechanics, as well as marine construction, clock design and plastic surgery.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ogee

    ō-jē′, n. a wave-like moulding formed of a convex curve continued or followed by a concave one. [Fr. ogive.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ogee

    In old-pattern guns, the doubly curved moulding added, by way of finish, to several of the rings.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ogee

    In pieces of ordnance, an ornamental molding on guns, mortars, and howitzers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ogee in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ogee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    An "OGEE" could be used in a variety of settings. "OMG, the ogee is fabulous for our new molding." Or, "Honey, which do you prefer: the lateral ogee or the supported ogee?

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