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entasis

[en-tuh-sis] /ˈɛn tə sɪs/
noun, Architecture
1.
a slight convexity given to a column or tower, as to correct an optical illusion.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Greek, equivalent to enta- (variant stem of enteínein to stretch tight, equivalent to en- en-2 + teínein to stretch) + -sis -sis
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  • The unfluted shafts have exaggerated entasis and the molded capitals are elongated in form.
  • The turned balusters taper with slight entasis and stand on integral pedestals.
British Dictionary definitions for entasis

entasis

/ˈɛntəsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
1.
a slightly convex curve given to the shaft of a column, pier, or similar structure, to correct the illusion of concavity produced by a straight shaft
2.
(physiol) Also called entasia (ɛnˈteɪzɪə). an involuntary or spasmodic muscular contraction
Word Origin
C18: from Greek, from enteinein to stretch tight, from teinein to stretch
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