• WordNet 3.6
    • n soffit the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch or overhang or beam etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Soffit (Arch) The under side of the subordinate parts and members of buildings, such as staircases, entablatures, archways, cornices, or the like. See Illust. of Lintel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soffit In architecture: The under horizontal face of an architrave between columns
    • n soffit The lower surface of an arch.
    • n soffit The ceiling of a room, when divided by cross-beams into panels, compartments, or lacunaria.
    • n soffit The under face of an overhanging cornice, of a projecting balcony, an entablature, a staircase, etc.
    • n soffit In scenepainting, a border. See scene, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Soffit sof′it a ceiling, now generally restricted to the ornamented under-sides of staircases, entablatures, archways, &c.; also the larmier or drip.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. soffitta, soffitto, fr. soffiggere, to hide, properly, to fix or fasten under, L. suffigere, to fasten beneath or below; sub, under, beneath + figere, to fix, faste: cf. F. soffite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It.,—L. suffixa, pa.p. of suffigĕre, to fasten beneath—sub, under, figĕre, to fix.


In literature:

The soffit of the doorway is panelled.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Churches of Coventry" by Frederic W. Woodhouse
Draw an imaginary straight line from the boss in the soffit of the arch through the middle of the Janus-head of Prudence.
"Artist and Public" by Kenyon Cox
Besides, a white soffit is not a false but merely a forced value, as in strong sunlight the reflected light is considerable.
"Pen Drawing" by Charles Maginnis
The soffits of the ceiling have panels of yellow with orange border, contrasting with iron beams painted a chocolate brown.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878" by Various
The bond of an arch obtains its name from the arrangement of headers and stretchers on its soffit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The soffit contains a similar faceted enrichment.
"Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys" by Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
The tomb, which is of imitation porphyry, takes the form of a sarcophagus, beneath an arch the soffit of which is adorned with red and white roses.
"Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey" by Thomas Perkins
Their arches have zig-zag work in the outer moulding, and a double cable in the soffit.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
In the soffit of the architrave are sunk panels of various patterns, the six-armed cross occurring twice.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The soffit of the triumphal arch has medallions of female saints within wreaths, and at the summit an Agnus Dei.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Flat arch, where the soffit is horizontal and sometimes slightly cambered (dotted line).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
They have a heavy abacus, which, as well as the soffit of the round arch, is enriched with flowered work.
"Sketches from the Subject and Neighbour Lands of Venice" by Edward A. Freeman
The rails were laid along the bottom of the trough within a few inches of the soffit or underside of the arch.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel

In news:

In this case, you may be able to extend the size of the soffits slightly more than needed to allow for square-shaped beam spacing.
CertainTeed Chamfer Board Vertical Siding and Soffit.
Display Devices SE Series Soffit.
According to Display Devices, the new SE Series soffit sound enclosure relocates fan noise from projectors away from the viewing area so viewers are not distracted.
The facade of the Snowdrop (409-27) is accented by gabled rooflines and arched soffits.
Display Devices SE Series Soffit .
The installer can use the soffit to run wiring to the front, side and rear speakers, as well as provide an HDMI, component video or Category 5 cabling run to the display.
(Record-Eagle/Keith King) Current and former Consumers Energy employees leave the State Theatre on Wednesday after having their photo taken after a ceremony which involved turning on the soffit lights at the top of the State Theatre facade.
CertainTeed Chamfer Board Vertical Siding and Soffit .
Q&A: Venting Bath Fan Into Soffit Not a Good Idea.
It has become common practice in new construction around Nashville to vent bathroom fans into a nearby soffit .
What I prefer to see is a ridge vent combined with an equal coverage in square inches of vented soffit vent panels.
The projector in this basement theater is hidden in a custom-built soffit so only the lens is visible.
Chicago Metallic Offers Visual Continuity From Interior Spaces To Exterior Soffits With Linear Metal Ceiling Systems.
Since Spanish monasteries didn't have heating and cooling systems, let alone soffits to run any ductwork, Dennington specified a high-velocity air conditioning system, as it only requires a 3 1/2-in.