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ˈsɒf ɪtsof·fit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. soffitnoun

    the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch or overhang or beam etc.)


  1. soffitnoun

    The visible underside of an arch, balcony, beam, cornice, staircase, vault or any other architectural element.

  2. soffitnoun

    The top point of the inside open section of a pipe or box conduit.

    The elevation of the pipe soffit is 10.4 meters above mean sea level.

  3. Etymology: From soffite, from soffitto, from sof- + past participle of figgere.


  1. Soffit

    A soffit is an exterior or interior architectural feature, generally the horizontal, aloft underside of any construction element. Its archetypal form, sometimes incorporating or implying the projection of beams, is the underside of eaves (to connect a retaining wall to projecting edge(s) of the roof). The vertical band at the edge of the roof is called a fascia.


  1. soffit

    A soffit is the underside or bottom part of any construction element. It's particularly used to refer to the underside of an architectural structure such as an arch, a staircase, or the underside of a part of a building such as the eaves — where the roof overhangs the walls. Soffits are common in both interior and exterior architecture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soffitnoun

    the under side of the subordinate parts and members of buildings, such as staircases, entablatures, archways, cornices, or the like. See Illust. of Lintel

  2. Etymology: [It. soffitta, soffitto, fr. soffiggere to hide, properly, to fix or fasten under, L. suffigere to fasten beneath or below; sub under, beneath + figere to fix, faste: cf. F. soffite.]


  1. Soffit

    Soffit, in architecture, describes the underside of any construction element. Examples of soffits include: ⁕the underside of an arch or architrave, ⁕the underside of a flight of stairs, under the classical entablature, ⁕the underside of a projecting cornice, or side of chimney ⁕the underside of a ceiling to fill the space above the kitchen cabinets, at the corner of the ceiling and wall, ⁕the exposed undersurface of any exterior overhanging section of a roof eave. ⁕the wall into which loudspeakers are mounted in a recording studio. ⁕a drop-down box used to mount a kitchen ventilation hood under a sloped or high ceiling. In popular use, soffit most often refers to the material forming a ceiling from the top of an exterior house wall to the outer edge of the roof, i.e., bridging the gap between a home's siding and the roofline, otherwise known as the eaves. When so constructed, the soffit material is typically screwed or nailed to rafters known as lookout rafters or lookouts for short. Soffit exposure profile on a building's exterior can vary from a few centimetres to 3 feet or more, depending on construction. It can be non-ventilated or ventilated for cooling non livable attic space.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Soffit

    sof′it, n. a ceiling, now generally restricted to the ornamented under-sides of staircases, entablatures, archways, &c.; also the larmier or drip. [Fr.,—It.,—L. suffixa, pa.p. of suffigĕre, to fasten beneath—sub, under, figĕre, to fix.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of soffit in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of soffit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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