Definition of dripstone in English:

dripstone

Line breaks: drip|stone
Pronunciation: /ˈdrɪpstəʊn
 
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noun

  • 1 Architecture A moulding over a door or window which deflects rain.
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    • Exterior features of the house are a steeply pitched roof, large gables and architectural details such as the ornamental dripstones above the windows.
    • An inspection of this end shows it to be pierced by three plain lancet windows with no dripstone.
    • The upper stage is relieved by a pointed window, of two lights, on each side, the dripstone of each terminating in heads.
  • 2 [mass noun] Geology Rock deposited by precipitation from dripping water, such as that which forms stalactites and stalagmites.
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    • The designs on the lower part of the structure are somewhat formal, but the upper part is a free-form mix of geodes, dripstone, and what appear to be inverted stalactites.
    • This is the start of the area known as the Cones, a unique group of rock formations the origin of which is hotly debated, as they do not seem to be associated with conventional dripstone.
    • Where the deposition of calcite is concentrated along cracks, calcite is deposited as flowstone, or dripstone.

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