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[in-ter-kuh-luhm-nee-ey-shuh n] /ˌɪn tər kəˌlʌm niˈeɪ ʃən/
noun, Architecture.
the space between two adjacent columns, usually the clear space between the lower parts of the shafts.
the system of spacing between columns.
Origin of intercolumniation
1655-65; < Latin intercolumni(um) space between columns (see inter-, column, -ium) + -ation
Related forms
intercolumnal, intercolumnar, adjective Unabridged
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  • The western window appears at the extreme left of the intercolumniation; the eastern, at the extreme right.

  • In the peristyle of Pansa's house is still seen, in an intercolumniation, the mouth of a cistern.

    The Wonders of Pompeii Marc Monnier
British Dictionary definitions for intercolumniation


noun (architect)
the horizontal distance between two adjacent columns
the system of spacing for a set of columns
Derived Forms
intercolumnar, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin intercolumnium space between two columns
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