Definition of hypethral in US English:


(also hypaethral)


  • (of a classical building) having no roof; open to the sky.

    ‘the hypethral temple’
    • ‘It was in the Doric style, peripteral and hypethral, and raised upon three steps.’
    • ‘The great circular altar may yet be traced at the east front of the Parthenon, which was hypaethral.’
    • ‘An altar, however, has implications for the roofing of the structure and suggests that at least part of the interior was hypaethral.’
    • ‘Or shall it be a quarter of heaven itself - an hypethral temple, consecrated to the service of the gods?’
    • ‘At the four corners were four hypethral chambers, forty cubits square.’
    • ‘The temple is open to the sky (hypaethral).’
    • ‘She would have stood originally in a shrine, either structural or hypaethral (open to the sky), and received homage from devotees.’
    • ‘It is hypaethral (open to the sky), and belongs to a genre of architecture completely apart from the major Orissan school.’
    • ‘So some authorities hold that the hypaethral opening in the centre of an ordinary Greek house was the prototype of that in the house of the divinity.’
    • ‘The circular, hypaethral shrine stands surrounded by paddy fields with a big tank for ritual bathing near it.’
    • ‘It is also necessary to visit the hypaethral museum of Macedonian Fight in the Mpourino, near the village Chromio.’
    • ‘It is improbable that when completed by Hadrian any portion of the temple was hypaethral.’
    • ‘These are the circular shaped, hypaethral or roofless structures dedicated to the sixty-four yoginis belonging to the Tantric order.’
    outdoor, out-of-doors, outside, al fresco, in the open air
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Late 18th century: via Latin from Greek hupaithros (from hupo ‘under’ + aithēr ‘air’) + -al.