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eave

[eev]
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noun
  1. Usually eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
  2. Often eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.
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Origin of eave

before 1000; Middle English eves, Old English efes; cognate with Old High German obisa, Gothic ubizwa hall; cf. above, over
Related formseaved, adjectiveun·eaved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eave

Historical Examples

  • The shadow of the eave of a roof can be obtained in the same way.

    The Theory and Practice of Perspective

    George Adolphus Storey

  • Mark's is above—look, under where the eave hangs out, away to the left.

    The Dark Flower

    John Galsworthy

  • He hung underneath an eave of the soft surface and could not be moved.

  • At the end of a row of your brothers' nests, as the Eave Swallows do?

  • Why should he trouble to climb up the bank and bring down the eave of the cave?

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling


Word Origin and History for eave

n.

1570s, from Southwest Midlands dialectal eovese (singular), from Old English efes "edge of a roof," also "edge of a forest," from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. Old Frisian ose "eaves," Old High German obasa "porch, hall, roof," German Obsen, Old Norse ups, Gothic ubizwa "porch;" German oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and a new singular form eave emerged 16c.

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