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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The generally triangular section of wall at the end of a pitched roof, occupying the space between the two slopes of the roof.
  • n. The whole end wall of a building or wing having a pitched roof.
  • n. A triangular, usually ornamental architectural section, as one above an arched door or window.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The triangular area of external wall adjacent to two meeting sloped roofs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cable.
  • n. The vertical triangular portion of the end of a building, from the level of the cornice or eaves to the ridge of the roof. Also, a similar end when not triangular in shape, as of a gambrel roof and the like.
  • n. The end wall of a building, as distinguished from the front or rear side.
  • n. A decorative member having the shape of a triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a doorway.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, the end of a ridged roof which at its extremity is not hipped or returned on itself, but cut off in a vertical plane, together with the triangular expanse of wall from the level of the eaves to the apex: distinguished from a pediment in that the cornice is not carried across the base of the triangle.
  • n. Any architectural member having the form of a gable, as a triangular canopy over a window or a doorway.
  • n. The end-wall of a house; a gable-end.
  • n. A cable.
  • n. In mech., the outer end or tip of the crank in a cranked axle or shaft. The finishing of this is termed cutting the gable.
  • To give to a roof a gable or gabled end.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. United States film actor (1901-1960)
  • n. the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof

Etymologies

Middle English gable, gavel, from Norman French gable (perhaps of Celtic origin) and from Old Norse gafl).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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