amortissement

amortizement

[am-er-tahyz-muhnt, uh-mawr-tiz-]
noun
1.
a sloping top on a buttress, pillar, etc.
2.
an architectural feature, as a gable, at the top of a façade.
Also, amortissement [uh-mawr-tiz-muhnt] .


Origin:
1610–20; amortize + -ment, after Middle French or Anglo-French amortissement

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