arrière–voussure

noun arrière–vous·sure \-ˌvüˈsu̇(ə)r\

Definition of arrière–voussure

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  an inner or rear arch in a thick wall that carries the inner part of that wall; especially :  such an arch over a door or window frame

  2. 2 :  a relieving arch behind the face of a wall

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Origin and Etymology of arrière–voussure

French, literally, rear arching, from arrière rear, behind + voussure arching, bend of an arch, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin volsura, from volsus (past participle of Latin volvere to roll) + Latin -ura -ure — more at voluble


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