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pinnacle

(pĭn`ĭkəl), minor architectural motif of vertical tapering shape, usually crowning a pier, buttress, or gable. Although sometimes it appears in Renaissance design, as in the Certosa di Pavia, it is almost exclusively a medieval form, originating in the late Romanesque and becoming common in Gothic. Topping the piers of the flying buttresses of side aisles and choirs, pinnacles weighted the pier and thus counteracted the thrust of the flying arch, while furnishing also effective vertical adornments. With the advance of the Gothic, pinnacles appeared in all parts of the church. In France they multiplied and assumed the widest variety of forms, adorned with gables, tracery, colonnettes, and canopied niches and culminating in a richly crocketed finial. In England they were far less important and remained relatively simple.

Pinnacle

An apex or small turret that usually tapers toward the top as a termination to a buttress.

Pinnacle

 

a small decorative tower or pier on the buttresses (sometimes on other architectural members) of Late Romanesque and Gothic churches. Pinnacles are usually crowned with finials and adorned with crockets.

pinnacle

[′pin·ə·kəl]
(architecture)
A projection on the highest point of the roof of a building.
(geology)
A sharp-pointed rock rising from the bottom, which may extend above the surface of the water, and may be a hazard to surface navigation; due to the sheer rise from the sea floor, no warning is given by sounding.
Any high tower or spire-shaped pillar of rock, alone or cresting a summit.

pinnacle

1. An apex.
2. In Gothic architecture and derivatives, a small, largely ornamental body or shaft terminated by a pyramid or spire.
3. A turret, or part of a building elevated above the main building.

pinnacle

1. a towering peak, as of a mountain
2. a slender upright structure in the form of a cone, pyramid, or spire on the top of a buttress, gable, or tower
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