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arris

[ar-is]
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noun Architecture.
  1. a sharp ridge, as between adjoining channels of a Doric column.
  2. the line, ridge, or hip formed by the meeting of two surfaces at an exterior angle.
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Origin of arris

1670–80; < Middle French areste; see arête
Also called piend.
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Examples from the Web for arris

Historical Examples

  • Old 'Arris is either dead and buried, or gorn away, or somethin'.

    The Lord of the Sea

    M. P. Shiel

  • A curved furrow, immediately adjoining its repetition, and separated from it only by an arris, as in the Doric column.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • She would come to the front of the stage and say confidentially to the audience, "Do you know Lizzie 'Arris?"


British Dictionary definitions for arris

arris

noun plural -ris or -rises
  1. a sharp edge at the meeting of two surfaces at an angle with one another, as at two adjacent sides of a stone block
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Word Origin

C17: apparently from Old French areste beard of grain, sharp ridge; see arête
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