[ in-ter-kuh-luhm-nee-ey-shuhn ]

  1. the space between two adjacent columns, usually the clear space between the lower parts of the shafts.

  2. the system of spacing between columns.

Origin of intercolumniation

1655–65; <Latin intercolumni(um) space between columns (see inter-, column, -ium) + -ation

Other words from intercolumniation

  • in·ter·co·lum·nal, in·ter·co·lum·nar, adjective

Words Nearby intercolumniation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use intercolumniation in a sentence

  • The general intercolumniation is seven feet and a half, and those at the angles five feet eleven inches and a quarter.

  • The middle intercolumniation of the portico, as indicated by the relief and shown in the plan, is wider than the other two.

  • The western window appears at the extreme left of the intercolumniation; the eastern, at the extreme right.

  • The low wall in the southernmost intercolumniation which for some reason was not completely closed was three courses high.

  • In the peristyle of Pansa's house is still seen, in an intercolumniation, the mouth of a cistern.

    The Wonders of Pompeii | Marc Monnier

British Dictionary definitions for intercolumniation


/ (ˌɪntəkəˌlʌmnɪˈeɪʃən) /

  1. the horizontal distance between two adjacent columns

  2. the system of spacing for a set of columns

Origin of intercolumniation

C17: from Latin intercolumnium space between two columns

Derived forms of intercolumniation

  • intercolumnar, adjective

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