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eave

[eev] /iv/
noun
1.
Usually, eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
2.
Often, eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.
Origin of eave
1000
before 1000; Middle English eves, Old English efes; cognate with Old High German obisa, Gothic ubizwa hall; cf. above, over
Related forms
eaved, adjective
uneaved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eave
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  • The shadow of the eave of a roof can be obtained in the same way.

  • Mark's is above—look, under where the eave hangs out, away to the left.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
  • 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?

  • Why should he trouble to climb up the bank and bring down the eave of the cave?

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • "Now when I says 'eave—'eave," Bindle admonished the porter.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • Raggedy Andy said, "We will look around the bend in the eave!"

    Raggedy Andy Stories Johnny Gruelle
  • From the day of his son's death until the illegal papers were found in the eave of his house, he had never rested one moment.

  • There are the common barn swallow, the eave swallow, tree swallow and bank swallow.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • My night was disturbed by the old Hamoumi chief choosing the eave of our tent just beside my ear to say his prayers.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
Word Origin and History for eave
n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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