- Usually eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
- Often eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.
Origin of eave
Examples from the Web for eave
The shadow of the eave of a roof can be obtained in the same way.The Theory and Practice of Perspective
George Adolphus Storey
Mark's is above—look, under where the eave hangs out, away to the left.The Dark Flower
He hung underneath an eave of the soft surface and could not be moved.True Tales of Mountain Adventures
Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
At the end of a row of your brothers' nests, as the Eave Swallows do?Bird Lore, Volume I--1899
Why should he trouble to climb up the bank and bring down the eave of the cave?From Sea to Sea
Word Origin and History for eave
1570s, from Southwest Midlands dialectal eovese (singular), from Old English efes "edge of a roof," also "edge of a forest," from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. Old Frisian ose "eaves," Old High German obasa "porch, hall, roof," German Obsen, Old Norse ups, Gothic ubizwa "porch;" German oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and a new singular form eave emerged 16c.