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Definition of eave

1 : the lower border of a roof that overhangs the wall usually used in plural
2 : a projecting edge (as of a hill) usually used in plural

Examples of eave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jenni Pittman, a science and operations officer at the National Weather Service, posted to Twitter Friday a time-lapse video of icicles forming on the eave of her home's roof in Olathe, Kansas. Jennifer Gray And Judson Jones, CNN, "Millions remain in the path of a large-scale winter storm as it tracks through the Northeast," 18 Jan. 2020 Place the first bulb from the male end of a strand on the corner of the eave that's closest to an outlet. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Hang Christmas Lights," 24 Oct. 2019 Flames can also enter through an open window, eave or vent. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Despite wildfires, some homeowners resist efforts to cut vegetation," 23 Nov. 2019 Now extend the light strand along the eave and around the exterior of the house. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Hang Christmas Lights," 24 Oct. 2019 The second stories of these homes were uniquely tall and featured high, arched windows that extended past the eave of the roof, adding to the heightened appearance of the house. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 The roof and walls are supported by 57 trusses that vary in thickness to support the overhang of the curved eave. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Undulating bamboo house looks like it’s wearing a hat," 24 July 2018 From shadow under the eave, cuts and spreads vermillion across the barn's weathered crust, dots a highlight with fine point in the eye of an owl. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "The Poems Of Aaron Caycedo-Kimura: Honoring Ones Parents," 13 June 2018 Move sun-shy potted plants like fuchsia and orchid cactus (Epiphyllum) under the shade of a leafy tree or an east-facing eave. Nan Sterman, latimes.com, "For SoCal gardeners, a June gloom tipsheet," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of eave

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eave

Middle English eves (singular), from Old English efes; akin to Old High German obasa portico, Old English ūp up — more at up

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The first known use of eave was before the 12th century

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31 Jan 2020

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“Eave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eave. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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Kids Definition of eave

: the lower edge of a roof that sticks out past the wall usually used in pl.

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