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skewback

[skyoo-bak]
noun Architecture.
  1. a sloping surface against which the end of an arch rests.
  2. a stone, course of masonry, or the like, presenting such a surface.
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Origin of skewback

First recorded in 1695–1705; skew + back1
Related formsskew·backed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for skewback

skewback

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