Definition of dripstone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrɪpstəʊn/


1 Architecture A moulding over a door or window which deflects rain.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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