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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 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, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 Over the last two decades, Mike Madrid has battled Democrats, Republicans, Donald Trump and a pesky family of squirrels that assumed residence in the eave of his Midtown Sacramento home. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 This pick is all-weather-resistant and can be securely mounted onto a wall or eave. Emily Belfiore, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2021 Then, measure from the eave to the bottom of the existing siding. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2021 When joining fascia pieces in the corners, run slightly past the original eave fascia, and butt the intersecting gable fascia against this overrun. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 12 July 2021 Norman said some fireworks got caught in the eave of the building and exploded, igniting the blaze. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 8 July 2021 Dumpsters aren’t supposed to be stored in buildings or placed within 5 feet of combustible walls, openings or roof eave lines, according to city fire code. oregonlive, 7 July 2021 There are the triangular windows tucked just under the eave-less gable roof line. Sarah Bonnette | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 30 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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“Eave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eave. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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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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