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[ skyoo-bak ]
/ ˈskyuˌbæk /

noun Architecture.

a sloping surface against which the end of an arch rests.
a stone, course of masonry, or the like, presenting such a surface.

Nearby words

skew arch, skew field, skew lines, skew symmetry, skew-symmetric, skewback, skewbald, skewer, skewerwood, skewgee, skewing

Origin of skewback

First recorded in 1695–1705; skew + back1
Related formsskew·backed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for skewback


/ (ˈskjuːˌbæk) /


the sloping surface on both sides of a segmental arch that takes the thrust
one or more stones that provide such a surface
Derived Formsskewbacked, adjective
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