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Webster 1913 Edition


Eaves

Eaves

,
Noun.
pl.
[OE.
evese
, pl.
eveses
, AS.
efese
eaves, brim, brink; akin to OHG.
obisa
,
opasa
, porch, hall, MHG.
obse
eaves, Icel.
ups
, Goth.
ubizwa
porch; cf. Icel.
upsar
-dropi, OSw.
opsä
-drup water dropping from the eaves. Probably from the root of E.
over
. The s of
eaves
is in English regarded as a plural ending, though not so in Saxon. See
Over
, and cf.
Eavesdrop
.]
1.
(Arch.)
The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof.
2.
Brow; ridge.
[Obs.]
Eaves of the hill.”
Wyclif.
3.
Eyelids or eyelashes.
And closing
eaves
of wearied eyes.
Tennyson.
Eaves board
(Arch.)
,
an arris fillet, or a thick board with a feather edge, nailed across the rafters at the eaves of a building, to raise the lower course of slates a little, or to receive the lowest course of tiles; – called also
eaves catch
and
eaves lath
.
Eaves channel
,
Eaves gutter
,
Eaves trough
.
Same as
Gutter
, 1.
Eaves molding
(Arch.)
,
a molding immediately below the eaves, acting as a cornice or part of a cornice.
Eaves swallow
(Zoöl.)
.
(a)
The cliff swallow; – so called from its habit of building retort-shaped nests of mud under the eaves of buildings. See
Cliff swallow
, under
Cliff
.
(b)
The European swallow.

Webster 1828 Edition


Eaves

EAVES

,
Noun.
plu.
[In English the word has a plural ending.]
The edge or lower border of the roof of a building, which overhangs the walls, and casts off the water that falls on the roof.

Definition 2022


eaves

eaves

English

Noun

eaves pl (plural only)

  1. The underside of a roof that extends beyond the external walls of a building.

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