Stilted arch

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stilted arch (Arch) an arch in which the springing line is some distance above the impost, the space between being occupied by a vertical member, molded or ornamented, as a continuation of the archivolt, intrados, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stilted arch an arch that does not spring directly from the impost, but from horizontal courses of masonry resting on it
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Sw. stylta; Dut. stelt, a stilt.

Usage

In literature:

Sometimes the curvature of the arch does not immediately spring from the capital or impost, but is raised or stilted.
"The Principles of Gothic Ecclesiastical Architecture, Elucidated by Question and Answer, 4th ed." by Matthew Holbeche Bloxam
Slightly stilted, richly moulded, and of many orders, these arches are so lofty as to leave no room for a blind storey above.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett
Seven stilted arches of an aqueduct showed white through the canebrakes inland.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos
Their arches are naturally very much stilted, and with the main vault rest on piers of quite unusual size and strength.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
The arches are stilted, and at the height of the real springing an impost projects in profile.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
This consists of three naves, divided by lofty and slender columns, which carry stilted semi-circular arches.
"An Architect's Note-book in Spain" by Matthew Digby Wyatt
The narrower arch is stilted and the line of the groin is not true.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Stilted arches, where the centre is below the springing, but the sides are carried down vertically.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
LOREDAN with its deep stilted arches, esteemed by Ruskin the most beautiful palace on the Grand Canal.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey
Ancient columns, with quaintly carved capitals supporting stilted semicircular arches, divide the aisles from the nave.
"The Mediterranean" by T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
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