[in-ter-kuh-luhm-nee-ey-shuh n]

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 formsin·ter·co·lum·nal, in·ter·co·lum·nar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intercolumniation

Historical Examples of intercolumniation

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for intercolumniation


noun architect

the horizontal distance between two adjacent columns
the system of spacing for a set of columns
Derived Formsintercolumnar, adjective

Word Origin for intercolumniation

C17: from Latin intercolumnium space between two columns
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