• WordNet 3.6
    • n eaves the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eaves Brow; ridge. "Eaves of the hill."
    • Eaves Eyelids or eyelashes. "And closing eaves of wearied eyes."
    • Eaves (Arch) The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • eaves Edge; border; margin.
    • eaves Specifically The lower edge of a roof; that part of the roof of a building which projects beyond the wall and sheds the water that falls on the roof; hence, figuratively, any projecting rim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Eaves ēvz the projecting edge of the roof: anything projecting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. evese, pl. eveses, AS. efese, eaves, brim, brink; akin to OHG. obisa, opasa, porch, hall, MHG. obse, eaves, Icel. ups, Goth. ubizwa, porch; cf. Icel. upsar,-dropi, OSw. opsä,-drup water dropping from the eaves. Probably from the root of E. over,. The s of eaves, is in English regarded as a plural ending, though not so in Saxon. See Over, and cf. Eavesdrop
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. efes, the clipped edge of thatch; cf. Ice. ups.


In literature:

Yesterday at this time I was sitting in poor Robert Lambert's whitewashed attic, listening to the sparrows that were twittering under the eaves.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
First, there was to be the school itself, an ornate building of crossed rafters and overhanging eaves.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
He has a curious little nest of his own, hidden away under the eaves.
"The Nest in the Honeysuckles, and other Stories" by Various
A robin had been perched upon a stone griffin sculptured on a house-eave near.
"Famous Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
There were no windows in the cabin, except in the eaves.
"Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
After passing through the sleeping hamlet of Woods Eaves, he struck into a road on his left hand.
"In Clive's Command" by Herbert Strang
These cloisters, I am told, are a fine refuge in a storm, for they are protected by windows and deep over-hanging eaves.
"Florence and Northern Tuscany with Genoa" by Edward Hutton
By the western eaves, above the bamboo-twigs, From my couch I see the White Mountain rise.
"More Translations from the Chinese" by Various
All the people are now transplanting tobacco from the spaces under the eaves of the huts into the fields.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
He saw them flicker over the eaves, lap the walls of the house, and finally clasp it like a red, flaring robe.
"Injun and Whitey to the Rescue" by William S. Hart

In poetry:

Long years ago a winter sun
Shone over it at setting;
Lit up its western window-panes,
And low eaves' icy fretting.
"In School-Days" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Deep with leaves and blossoms white
Of the morning-glory,
Shaking all their banners bright
From the mill-eaves hoary.
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The melodies of many leaves
Float in a fragrant zone;
And here are flowers by deep-mossed eaves
That day has never known.
"From the Forests" by Henry Kendall
She slid along the sloping roof
Till from its eaves she hung,
And felt the loosened shingles yield
To which her fingers clung.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I heard the gales upon the height;
And heard each frightened windy rush,
I lay within the sultry night,
Eaves-dropping in the bush.
"The Change" by Leon Gellert
No more beneath the twinkling leaves
Shall stand the farmer's daughter!--
Sing softly past the cottage eaves,
O memory-haunted water!
"The Creek" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

White paint has chipped away from the eaves, the garage doors have been battered by wear, and the roof looks frayed around the edges.
But, Lam added, the month is not over yet, and even as he spoke Monday morning, fat drops of water ran off the eaves of the Forecast Office in the Mendenhall Valley.
A tree, shrubs and 6-foot wide eave help shade the south-facing front of the Shomaker home from the sun in Mission Viejo.
As the rainy season begins in a few weeks or so, the gutters on the eaves should be cleaned of debris that has accumulated since last year.
Most need to be protected and placed under eaves.
The slanted eave endings match those on the parent building.
Shelby Eaves had a big match for the ' Roos with 14 kills and 11 digs to lead the way, and Kelly McDaniel had 37 assists.
Rowan Shockley , center, imitates the squeal of 4 week old Olivia the pig as animal owner Mindy Eaves, left, and students at Camp Sparrow laugh while letting each student pet Olivia Thursday afternoon, June 14, 2012.
(AP) — Alli Smalley led Auburn with 26 points in a 65-53 win against No 14 Kentucky on Sunday, in the last game at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
TELLURIDE – Frannie Major Aura wrangles wisps of pine-scented greenery onto the eaves of Between the Covers Bookstore, while Allison Templin surveys the operation from below.
White Pine 's Eaves named top state administrator.
Officials are honoring Bonnie Eaves as their 2008 Administrator of the Year.
Move could be response to rising rate, declining EAV.
Firefighters saw fire showing from the eaves at the back of the building and evacuated 13 people from three apartments .
A 3-car garage behind the condos sustained some minor fire damage to the eaves.

In science:

For example, Fig. 2, shows these discrepancies for one of the values of Eav used in Ref. .
Quantum quenches with random matrix Hamiltonians and disordered potentials
In this case, however, the lowest possible energy expectation value Eav for the initial state φk is the smallest possible value of the diagonal element of H, i.e. −1, which is not close enough to the ground state energy equal to about −6 [see Fig. 1].
Quantum quenches with random matrix Hamiltonians and disordered potentials
Making the random matrix larger or less sparse would only lower the ground state energy without changing the minimum value of Eav .
Quantum quenches with random matrix Hamiltonians and disordered potentials
The energy expectation value for the initial state is Eav = −0.9.
Quantum quenches with random matrix Hamiltonians and disordered potentials
Eav , but, at the same time, the basis states φk become too correlated with the eigenstates ψi .
Quantum quenches with random matrix Hamiltonians and disordered potentials