Definition of pendentive in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɛnˈdɛntɪv/


A curved triangle of vaulting formed by the intersection of a dome with its supporting arches.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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