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[oh-jee, oh-jee] /oʊˈdʒi, ˈoʊ dʒi/
a double curve, resembling the letter S, formed by the union of a concave and a convex line.
Also called gula. Architecture. a molding with such a curve for a profile; cyma.
Abbreviation: O.G., o.g.
Origin of ogee
1275-1325; Middle English ogeus, oggez (plural), variant (by assimilation of f) of oggifs, presumed singular oggif diagonal rib of a vault < Anglo-French, Old French ogive ogive Unabridged
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  • On the other hand in Chichester cathedral , the ogee motive is supreme.

  • Second, because the ogee has in it, in a combined form, the outlines of nearly all the other types.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • Sometimes the two sides of a gallery are lined with vertical walls, and its roof is supported by an ogee vault, or an arch.

  • On this band we can apply the ogee type (Fig. 199) right side up.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • Above, the crocketed drip-mould is carried up in an ogee leaving room for the coronation of the Virgin over the apex of the arch.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • But for variation we may decide to use the ogee reversed, as in Fig. 200.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • The splay is sometimes slightly hollowed, sometimes, as in the Chora, worked to an ogee.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
  • ogee—a moulding formed by the combination of a round and hollow.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
  • In one of the specimens the ogee ends finish in a point; in the other they finish in a spiral volute turning upon itself.

    The Swastika Thomas Wilson
  • There is an ogee pediment, and a niche with angels on each side, with censers.

British Dictionary definitions for ogee


noun (architect)
Also called talon. a moulding having a cross section in the form of a letter S
short for ogee arch
Word Origin
C15: probably variant of ogive
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Word Origin and History for ogee

"S-shaped molding," 1670s, from French ogive "diagonal rib of a vault," earlier augive, of unknown origin. Related: ogival.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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