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crow steps Line breaks: crow steps

Definition of crow steps in English:

plural noun

Step-like projections on the sloping part of a gable, common in Flemish architecture and 16th- and 17th-century Scottish buildings.
Example sentences
  • There are crow steps on the gables and a witch's turret on top of a round stair tower harking back to the 17th century.
  • In the 16th century, the gables were crow-stepped and not with sloping sides, and later these crow steps were separated by curves.
  • The extension was not fortified and had no crow steps on its single gable.



Example sentences
  • Here castles, towers, and fortified manor houses, often with turrets and ‘crow-stepped’ gables, predominated during the Middle Ages; the 16th and 17th cents. saw the beginnings of the Renaissance, with a distinct French influence.
  • With my eye to the lens, I had the city in my lap and could hoard to myself an unfair share of steeples and spires and cupolas; crow-stepped gables, garrets and all the Old Town's lums came rushing toward me.
  • With their high turrets, crow-stepped gables and old-fashioned charm, these two houses look like they could be twins.

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