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hypostyle

[hahy-puh-stahyl, hip-uh-]Architecture
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adjective
  1. having many columns carrying the roof or ceiling: a hypostyle hall.
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noun
  1. a hypostyle structure.
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Origin of hypostyle

1825–35; < Greek hypóstȳlos resting on pillars, equivalent to hypo- hypo- + -stȳlos -style2
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  • Hypostyle, literally “under columns,” but used to mean filled by columns.

    Architecture

    Thomas Roger Smith

  • It is not so large, however, and it contains no hypostyle hall.

  • It is to this room that the name of hypostyle hall has been given.

  • The hypostyle of the temple of the God Amen—that could be no other thing but one.

  • The gloom deepens in the hypostyle which follows the pronaos.


British Dictionary definitions for hypostyle

hypostyle

adjective
  1. having a roof supported by columns
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noun
  1. a building constructed in this way
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