- a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads.Compare bead and reel.
- a plain convex molding; bead.
- a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts.
Origin of astragal
1555–65; < Latin astragalus < Greek astrágalos a vertebra, the huckle-bone, a molding, a kind of vetch; in plural, dice (i.e., huckle-bones)
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Examples from the Web for astragal
The style of carving of the cymatium with its astragal should be the Lesbian.
It is distinguished from the astragal because it casts less of a shadow above and below.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
At the bottom the capital should be of the thickness of the top of the column omitting the congé and astragal.
An enlarged section of the astragal mould which is grooved to fit on the bar which forms the rebate is also shown.
Fig. 257 is similar to the above, with the exception that the rail of the door is rebated (G) to receive the astragal moulding.
- Also called: beada small convex moulding, usually with a semicircular cross section
- a moulding having the form of a string of beads
- carpentry a glazing bar, esp in a bookcase
- anatomy the ankle or anklebone
C17: from Latin astragalus, from Greek astragalos anklebone, hence, small round moulding
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