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  1. pendentive(Noun)

    The concave triangular sections of vaulting that provide the transition between a dome and the square base on which it is set and transfer the weight of the dome.

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  1. Pendentive(noun)

    the portion of a vault by means of which the square space in the middle of a building is brought to an octagon or circle to receive a cupola

  2. Pendentive(noun)

    the part of a groined vault which is supported by, and springs from, one pier or corbel

  3. Origin: [F. pendentif, fr. L. pendere to hang.]


  1. Pendentive

    A pendentive is a constructive device permitting the placing of a circular dome over a square room or an elliptical dome over a rectangular room. The pendentives, which are triangular segments of a sphere, taper to points at the bottom and spread at the top to establish the continuous circular or elliptical base needed for the dome. In masonry the pendentives thus receive the weight of the dome, concentrating it at the four corners where it can be received by the piers beneath. Prior to the pendentive's development, the device of corbelling or the use of the squinch in the corners of a room had been employed. Pendentives were commonly used in Orthodox, Renaissance, and Baroque churches, with a drum with windows often inserted between the pendentives and the dome. The first experimentation with pendentives were made in Roman dome construction beginning in the 2nd–3rd century AD, while full development of the form was achieved in the 6th century Eastern Roman Hagia Sophia at Constantinople. The diameter of its central dome remained unsurpassed anywhere in the world until the Renaissance Florence Cathedral, itself not a pendentive dome.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pendentive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pendentive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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