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[ar-is] /ˈær ɪs/
noun, Architecture.
a sharp ridge, as between adjoining channels of a Doric column.
the line, ridge, or hip formed by the meeting of two surfaces at an exterior angle.
Also called piend.
Origin of arris
1670-80; < Middle French areste; see arête Unabridged
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  • Old 'arris is either dead and buried, or gorn away, or somethin'.

    The Lord of the Sea M. P. Shiel
  • A curved furrow, immediately adjoining its repetition, and separated from it only by an arris, as in the Doric column.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • She would come to the front of the stage and say confidentially to the audience, "Do you know Lizzie 'arris?"

British Dictionary definitions for arris


noun (pl) -ris, -rises
a sharp edge at the meeting of two surfaces at an angle with one another, as at two adjacent sides of a stone block
Word Origin
C17: apparently from Old French areste beard of grain, sharp ridge; see arête
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