Definition of pendentive in English:

pendentive

Line breaks: pen¦dent|ive
Pronunciation: /pɛnˈdɛntɪv
 
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noun

Architecture
  • A curved triangle of vaulting formed by the intersection of a dome with its supporting arches.
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    • Each storey is articulated by a balcony, projecting on a system of stalactite pendentives - this feature appearing for the first time in India and no doubt imported from classical Islamic construction.
    • The spaces are called spandrels - or pendentives, but the more general architectural term is spandrels.
    • His most important commission was for the apse and the pendentives beneath the cupola in; the dome was commissioned from his great rival, the Baroque painter.

Origin

early 18th century: from the French adjective pendentif, -ive, from Latin pendent- 'hanging down', from the verb pendere.

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