One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A band of moulding, resembling an architrave, round the lower curve of an arch.
- ‘The grisaille paintings portray archivolt figures as well as saints in scenes which parallel the main motifs.’
- ‘The recessed entry is located in the tower, and has a round arch with decorative archivolt molding.’
- ‘A careful examination of the façade's decoration reveals over a hundred plant species and a hundred animals sculpted on the archivolts and ribs.’
- ‘The imposts of the ground-storey piers were simplified and the moulded archivolts were omitted.’
- ‘In the Romanesque and Gothic styles, the archivolt frames the tympanum, a richly sculpted panel.’
- 1.1 The lower curve of an arch from impost to impost of the columns.
- ‘The archivolt is comprised of two arches.’
- ‘Construction technique, the way the ashlars are worked and the profiles of an archivolt are the only means of dating the discovered walls, and thus the entire building.’
- ‘The windows along the south side, which appear from without to be four-centred Gothic arches, are in fact round-headed, with classical archivolts and keystones.’
Mid 17th century: from French archivolte or Italian archivolto, based on Latin arcus ‘bow, arch’ + volvere ‘to roll’.
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