gable

A gable is the triangular part of a house's exterior wall that supports a pointed or peaked roof. Gothic-style houses are well known for their many gables.

Houses and buildings with pitched roofs have front-facing or side-facing gables — or often, both. The shape and structure of these pointed gables help support a house's roof and give the building a particular architectural style. Nathaniel Hawthorne famously wrote about a building with this architectural feature in The House of the Seven Gables. Gable, originally an Old French word meaning "facade or front," is from the Old Norse gafl, "gable-end," or "gable."

Definitions of gable
  1. noun
    the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of a gable roof
    synonyms: gable end, gable wall
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    types:
    bell gable
    an extension of a gable that serves as a bell cote
    corbie gable
    (architecture) a gable having corbie-steps or corbel steps
    pediment
    a triangular gable between a horizontal entablature and a sloping roof
    type of:
    wall
    an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure
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