Definition of crow steps in US English:

crow steps

plural noun

  • Projections resembling steps on the sloping part of a gable, common in Flemish architecture and 16th- and 17th-century Scottish buildings.

    Also called corbiesteps
    • ‘This project typically works with the Scottish traditional architecture, often referred to as the Scots Baronial, the rustic architecture of towers and crow steps.’
    • ‘There are crow steps on the gables and a witch's turret on top of a round stair tower harking back to the 17th century.’
    • ‘The Castle never had battlements or turrets, which would have been considered merely ornamental at this period; all four gables are finished with crow steps.’
    • ‘In the 16th century, the gables were crow-stepped and not with sloping sides, and later these crow steps were separated by curves.’
    • ‘The extension was not fortified and had no crow steps on its single gable.’