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A curved triangle of vaulting formed by the intersection of a dome with its supporting arches.
- ‘Convex looking glasses in each pendentive both explode and compress the space.’
- ‘Two structural devices that are the hallmark of Byzantine engineering made this feat possible: pendentives and squinches.’
- ‘The spaces are called spandrels - or pendentives, but the more general architectural term is spandrels.’
- ‘Each storey is articulated by a balcony, projecting on a system of stalactite pendentives - this feature appearing for the first time in India and no doubt imported from classical Islamic construction.’
- ‘His most important commission was for the apse and the pendentives beneath the cupola in; the dome was commissioned from his great rival, the Baroque painter.’
Early 18th century: from the French adjective pendentif, -ive, from Latin pendent- hanging down, from the verb pendere.
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