[ as-truh-guhl ]

nounArchitecture, Furniture.
  1. a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads.: Compare bead and reel.

  2. a plain convex molding; bead.

  1. a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts.

Origin of astragal

1555–65; <Latin astragalus<Greek astrágalos a vertebra, the huckle-bone, a molding, a kind of vetch; in plural, dice (i.e., huckle-bones)

Words Nearby astragal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use astragal in a sentence

  • The style of carving of the cymatium with its astragal should be the Lesbian.

  • An enlarged section of the astragal mould which is grooved to fit on the bar which forms the rebate is also shown.

    Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
  • Fig. 257 is similar to the above, with the exception that the rail of the door is rebated (G) to receive the astragal moulding.

    Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
  • Fig. 265 is a rebated joint with loose tongue-slip and astragal mould, suitable for frames over 11⁄4 in.

    Woodwork Joints | William Fairham
  • The astragal of the muzzle or neck of a gun; it is the next ring from the mouth backwards.

    The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for astragal


/ (ˈæstrəɡəl) /

  1. architect

    • Also called: bead a small convex moulding, usually with a semicircular cross section

    • a moulding having the form of a string of beads

  2. carpentry a glazing bar, esp in a bookcase

  1. anatomy the ankle or anklebone

Origin of astragal

C17: from Latin astragalus, from Greek astragalos anklebone, hence, small round moulding

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