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1A moulding or wooden strip of semicircular cross section.
- ‘Of the 286 planes, the majority, were simple moldings like common ogees, astragals, beads, hollows and rounds.’
- ‘Each panel has attached astragal beading with curved comers topped by a beaded and fluted moulded cornice.’
- 1.1Architecture A narrow semicircular moulding round the top or bottom of a column.
- ‘A plain astragal ringed the column beneath its plain cap.’
- ‘There is a thick overlapping astragal running round the columns carrying the vaults and arches.’
2A bar separating panes of glass in cabinetmaking.
Mid 17th century: from astragalus, partly via French astragale.
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