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architrave

architrave (ärˈkĭtrāv), in architecture, principal beam and lowest member of the classical entablature, the other main members of which are the frieze and the cornice. Its position is directly above the columns, and it extends between them, thus carrying the upper members of the order (see orders of architecture). The term also applies to molding around the sides and top of a door or window frame.
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Architrave

The lowest of the three divisions of a classical entablature, the main beam spanning from column to column, resting directly on the capitals.
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architrave

[′är·kə‚trāv]
(architecture)
The lowest division of an entablature that rests on the column capital.
The molded band, group of moldings, or other architectural member around an opening, such as a door, especially if rectangular.
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architrave

architrave
1. In the classical orders, the lowest member of the entablature; the beam that spans from column to column, resting directly upon their capitals. Also see order.
2. The ornamental moldings around the faces of the jambs and lintel of a doorway or other opening; an antepagment.
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architrave

Architect
1. the lowest part of an entablature that bears on the columns
2. a moulding around a doorway, window opening, etc.
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