[in-ter-kuh-luhm-nee-ey-shuh n]
noun Architecture.
  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
Related formsin·ter·co·lum·nal, in·ter·co·lum·nar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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
  1. the horizontal distance between two adjacent columns
  2. 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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