entasis

noun
en·​ta·​sis | \ ˈen-tə-sis How to pronounce entasis (audio) \
plural entases\ ˈen-​tə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce entases (audio) \

Definition of entasis

: a slight convexity especially in the shaft of a column

First Known Use of entasis

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for entasis

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

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“Entasis.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entasis. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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