plural -s
: 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
: a relieving arch behind the face of a wall

Word History


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

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“Arrière-voussure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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