Skew back

skewback

[skyoo-bak]
noun Architecture.
1.
a sloping surface against which the end of an arch rests.
2.
a stone, course of masonry, or the like, presenting such a surface.

Origin:
1695–1705; skew + back1

skewbacked, adjective
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skewback (ˈskjuːˌbæk)
 
n
1.  the sloping surface on both sides of a segmental arch that takes the thrust
2.  one or more stones that provide such a surface
 
'skewbacked
 
adj

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