Definition of entasis in English:

entasis

Syllabification: en·ta·sis
Pronunciation: /ˈentəsis
 
/

noun (plural entases /-sēz/)

Architecture
  • A slight convex curve in the shaft of a column, introduced to correct the visual illusion of concavity produced by a straight shaft.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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