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skewback

[skyoo-bak] /ˈskyuˌbæk/
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
1695-1705; skew + back1
Related forms
skewbacked, adjective
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Examples from the web for skewback
  • The structure was designed to act under dead load as a three-hinged arch and under live load as an arch with skewback hinges only.
  • Unless otherwise provided, pours in all abutments for an arch bridge shall be continuous from the top of footing to the skewback.
British Dictionary definitions for skewback

skewback

/ˈskjuːˌbæk/
noun
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
Derived Forms
skewbacked, adjective
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