Gable wall
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gable wall — noun the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof • Syn: ↑gable, ↑gable end • Hypernyms: ↑wall • Hyponyms: ↑bell gable, ↑corbie gable, ↑pediment * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gable window — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gable end — noun the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof • Syn: ↑gable, ↑gable wall • Hypernyms: ↑wall • Hyponyms: ↑bell gable, ↑corbie gable, ↑pediment * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gable — This article is about the architectural feature. For other uses, see Gable (disambiguation). A gable roof in its simplest form A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of a sloping roof. The shape of the gable and… …   Wikipedia

  • gable — gablelike, adj. /gay beuhl/, n. Archit. 1. the portion of the front or side of a building enclosed by or masking the end of a pitched roof. 2. a decorative member suggesting a gable, used esp. in Gothic architecture. 3. Also called gable wall. a… …   Universalium

  • gable — [gā′bəl] n. [ME < OFr < Gmc, as in ON gafl, gable, akin to Ger giebel < IE base * ghebhel , gable, head > Gr kephalē] 1. a) the triangular wall enclosed by the sloping ends of a ridged roof b) popularly the whole section, including… …   English World dictionary

  • gable end — gable ended, adj. an end wall bearing a gable. [1300 50; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • gable — ► NOUN 1) the triangular upper part of a wall at the end of a ridged roof. 2) a gable shaped canopy over a window or door. DERIVATIVES gabled adjective. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

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