• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Archivolt (Arch) The architectural member surrounding the curved opening of an arch, corresponding to the architrave in the case of a square opening.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n archivolt An ornamental molding or band of moldings on the face of an arch following the contour of the extrados; an arch-molding. Also called architrave. Archivolt is sometimes incorrectly used for soffit. The term is applied specifically to the arches of any arched construction, upon which, as upon the architrave in columnar construction, rests the weight of the superimposed portion of the edifice. Viollet-le-Duc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Archivolt är′ki-volt the band or moulding which runs round the lower part of the archstones of an arch.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. archivolte, fr. It. archivolto,; pref. archi-, + volto, vault, arch. See Vault
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. archivolte, It. archivolto—L. arcus, an arch, volta, a vault.


In literature:

There is no archivolt or moulding or ornament.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
I have not been able to find any fragments of the archivolt.
"The Excavations of Roman Baths at Bath" by Charles E. Davis
On the archivolts are angels, patriarchs, prophets, and kings.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
On the north and south walls of the western bay are large arches enclosed in square frames and with finely carved archivolts.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
L'archivolte de l'arcade est en stuc blanc veine de gris, ainsi que le lambris qui decore le pourtour de la chapelle.
"Architectural Antiquities of Normandy" by John Sell Cotman
So far, then, of the Southern archivolt: In Fig.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
We come now to the most interesting portion of the whole east end, the archivolt at the end of the northern aisle.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
II., of which archivolt fig.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The great portal on the west is richly decorated in the archivolt.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
Similar in treatment to the southern door, the archivolts here are filled with a series of fine statues.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
At the extremity of the cavern, which was oblong, rose a Cyclopean archivolte, singularly exact in form.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The archivolt is a prominent band adorned with saw-teeth in high relief carved with a hollow row of triangular sticks.
"Romanesque Art in Southern Manche: Album" by Marie Lebert
ARCHIVOLT (aer'ki-volt), in architecture, the ornamental band of mouldings on the face of an arch and following its contour.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Above rise the moulded archivolts, tier on tier, clothed with vine and tendril and peopled with bird and beast.
"Hospital Sketches" by Robert Swain Peabody
The archivolt which frames it, doubtless belonged to a 12th century tomb.
"Rheims and the Battles for its Possession" by Various
The archivolts of these are lancet-shaped and covered with foliage, but not foliated as in the west door.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lichfield" by A. B. Clifton
The main portal is spanned by an inner triple archivolt and an outer main one.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey