- a slight convexity given to a column or tower, as to correct an optical illusion.
Origin of entasis
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The shaft is well shaped, with a moderate swelling (entasis).Pompeii, Its Life and Art
The powerful shafts were doubly modified by the diminution and by the entasis.
The entasis was entirely decided by such optical considerations.
This peculiarity is a convexity, or entasis, as it is called, on the inner faces.Roman Mosaics
This entasis was surrounded by a row of leaves, again characterizing the ascending bundle as stems.
- a slightly convex curve given to the shaft of a column, pier, or similar structure, to correct the illusion of concavity produced by a straight shaft
- Also called: entasia (ɛnˈteɪzɪə) physiol an involuntary or spasmodic muscular contraction
C18: from Greek, from enteinein to stretch tight, from teinein to stretch
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