intercolumniation


in·ter·co·lum·ni·a·tion

noun \ˌin-tər-kə-ˌləm-nē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of INTERCOLUMNIATION

1
:  the clear space between the columns of a series
2
:  the system of spacing of the columns of a colonnade

Origin of INTERCOLUMNIATION

Latin intercolumnium space between two columns, from inter- + columna column
First Known Use: 1624

intercolumniation

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In architecture, the space between columns that support an arch or entablature. Classical, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture used a system codified by Vitruvius in which the measurement is expressed in terms of the columns' diameters (e.g., two columns might be described as being three diameters apart). The system conveniently expressed the measurement of a unit of space whose size varied from building to building according to the Classical order used.

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