One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A molding over a door or window that deflects rain and enhances the opening, typically in medieval architecture.
- ‘Exterior features of the house are a steeply pitched roof, large gables and architectural details such as the ornamental dripstones above the windows.’
- ‘An inspection of this end shows it to be pierced by three plain lancet windows with no dripstone.’
- ‘The upper stage is relieved by a pointed window, of two lights, on each side, the dripstone of each terminating in heads.’
Rock deposited by precipitation from dripping water, such as that which forms stalactites and stalagmites.
- ‘Features like this are found in caves, where they take the general name of dripstone.’
- ‘Where the deposition of calcite is concentrated along cracks, calcite is deposited as flowstone, or dripstone.’
- ‘The designs on the lower part of the structure are somewhat formal, but the upper part is a free-form mix of geodes, dripstone, and what appear to be inverted stalactites.’
- ‘This is the start of the area known as the Cones, a unique group of rock formations the origin of which is hotly debated, as they do not seem to be associated with conventional dripstone.’
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