soffit

noun
sof·​fit | \ˈsä-fət \

Definition of soffit 

: the underside of a part or member of a building (as of an overhang or staircase) especially : the intrados of an arch

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Install soffit vents for intake, and exhaust vents at the high point of the roof. Popular Mechanics, "3 Energy-Saving Ways To Keep Your House Cooler This Summer," 27 June 2018 Things like roofs, vents, rain gutters, windows, garages, patio covers, eaves and soffits, walls, fences and chimneys should be assessed. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Fire season is here. State officials ask: Are you ready?," 9 June 2018 The library’s main entry steps would lead to an outdoor plaza with seating space, and the existing roof and windows would be replaced, facade tuckpointed and bricks, stone, wood and soffits repaired. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Developers to make case for building surrounding old Nichols Library at commission hearing," 24 May 2018 Decorative soffits enhance the 10-foot ceilings in the living and dining rooms; oak floors have walnut inlays. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "In Whitestone, Queens: New Homes with Bridge and River Views," 12 Sep. 2017 Removing the ceiling soffit means full-size 36-inch-high cabinets can replace the 30-inch-high metal ones, left. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Electric Slide," 5 July 2012 Open soffit vents and holes around your roof can also be used by rats to enter your home. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Rats," 3 Oct. 2017 Decorative soffits enhance the 10-foot ceilings in the living and dining rooms Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "In Whitestone, Queens: New Homes with Bridge and River Views," 12 Sep. 2017 In classical architecture, dentils are a series of decorative tooth-like blocks typically used under the soffit of a cornice. Susan Langenhennig, NOLA.com, "Albert Ledner's legacy: New Orleans architect peppered the country with modernist marvels," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of soffit

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soffit

French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from Vulgar Latin *suffictus, past participle of Latin suffigere to fasten underneath — more at suffix

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