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[eev] /iv/
Usually, eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
Often, eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.
Origin of eave
before 1000; Middle English eves, Old English efes; cognate with Old High German obisa, Gothic ubizwa hall; cf. above, over
Related forms
eaved, adjective
uneaved, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It elevates the ridge board so that there is air movement from the eave all the way up and out through the ridge.
  • The reason he gave was that both roof vents and eave vents had been accidentally installed.
  • Most eave leaks are not caused by holes or by deterioration of the roof covering.
  • Doubling or tripling the starter course at the eave gave added protection to this exposed surface.
  • eave overhangs are framed by extending the top chords of the trusses beyond the wall.
  • Rigidly fasten eave end of metal roof panels and allow ridge end free movement due to thermal expansion and contraction.
  • Where eave or cornice vents are installed, insulation shall not block the free flow of air.
  • It had a steep-pitched cross-gabled roof with eave returns, covered with corrugated metal roofing.
  • Discrepancies increase with increasing roof slope and with increasing eave height.
  • Where eave or cornice vents are installed, insulation must not block the free flow of air.
Word Origin and History for eave

1570s, from Southwest Midlands dialectal eovese (singular), from Old English efes "edge of a roof," also "edge of a forest," from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. Old Frisian ose "eaves," Old High German obasa "porch, hall, roof," German Obsen, Old Norse ups, Gothic ubizwa "porch;" German oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and a new singular form eave emerged 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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