en·​ta·​sis ˈen-tə-sis How to pronounce entasis (audio)
plural entases ˈen-tə-ˌsēz How to pronounce entasis (audio)
: a slight convexity especially in the shaft of a column

Word History


Greek, literally, distension, stretching, from enteinen to stretch tight, from en- en- entry 2 + teinein to stretch — more at thin

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of entasis was in 1664

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“Entasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entasis. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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