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[ in-ter-kuh-luhm-nee-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn tər kəˌlʌm niˈeɪ ʃən /

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.

Nearby words

interclub, intercoastal, intercollege, intercollegiate, intercolonial, intercolumniation, intercom, intercommon, intercommunicate, intercommunication system, intercommunion

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

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

    Problems in Periclean Buildings|G. W. Elderkin
  • In the peristyle of Pansa's house is still seen, in an intercolumniation, the mouth of a cistern.

British Dictionary definitions for intercolumniation


/ (ˌɪntəkəˌlʌmnɪˈeɪʃən) /

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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