Definition of eaves in English:


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Pronunciation: /iːvz


  • The part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building: wild bees nest under the eaves [in singular]: (eave) under the eave and the window is a workbench
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    • Flying above all this are the wide overhanging eaves of the low slope timber roofs.
    • Its features include floors raised off the ground and steeply pitched roofs with deep overhanging eaves.
    • To accomplish this smoothly, place a straight edge down the slope of the roof overhanging the eave.


Old English efes (singular); of Germanic origin; related to German dialect Obsen, also probably to over.

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