Definition of entasis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈen(t)əsəs/

noun (plural entases /-sēz/)

A slight convex curve in the shaft of a column, introduced to correct the visual illusion of concavity produced by a straight shaft.
Example sentences
  • The pillars of the exterior exhibit batter (lean slightly inward) and entasis (slight convex curvature near the middle).
  • The entasis of this skyscraper, like that of a Doric column, leads to a new kind of propositional beauty, one worked out digitally.
  • Not only does this polysemy make it an enigmatic signifier, but the computer-perfected entasis makes it a good example of propositional beauty - the central planned skyscraper with elegant double curves shooting to the sky.


Mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek, from enteinein 'to stretch or strain'.

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Syllabification: en·ta·sis

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