Gable roof
Gable Ga"ble, n. [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.] (Arch.) (a) 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. Hence: (b) The end wall of a building, as distinguished from the front or rear side. (c) A decorative member having the shape of a triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a doorway. [1913 Webster]

{Bell gable}. See under {Bell}.

{Gable roof}, a double sloping roof which forms a gable at each end.

{Gable wall}. Same as {Gable} (b) .

{Gable window}, a window in a gable. [1913 Webster]


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  • gable roof — n. a ridged roof forming a gable at each end …   English World dictionary

  • gable roof — gable roofed, adj. a roof sloping downward in two parts at an angle from a central ridge, so as to leave a gable at each end. See illus. at roof. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • gable roof — roof that covers the triangular end of a wall …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gable roof — ga′ble roof n. archit. a roof sloping downward from a central ridge so as to leave a gable at each end • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • gable roof — noun Date: 1850 a double sloping roof that forms a gable at each end …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gable roof — noun a single ridge roof that terminates at gable ends …   Wiktionary

  • gable roof — /geɪbəl ˈruf/ (say gaybuhl roohf) noun a ridged roof terminating at one or both ends in a gable …   Australian English dictionary

  • gable roof — noun a double sloping roof with a ridge and gables at each end • Syn: ↑saddle roof, ↑saddleback, ↑saddleback roof • Hypernyms: ↑roof • Hyponyms: ↑gambrel, ↑gambrel roof …   Useful english dictionary

  • Roof pitch — Relates to the slope and inclination angle of a roof in building construction. A roof is considered pitched with a gradient greater than 15 degrees (slope greater than 3.215 in 12).Carpenters frame (build) rafters to pitch a roof. A roof s pitch… …   Wikipedia

  • Gable — Ga ble, n. [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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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