from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The underside of a structural component, such as a beam, arch, staircase, or cornice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The visible underside of an arch, balcony, beam, cornice, staircase, vault or any other architectural element.
- n. The top point of the inside open section of a pipe or box conduit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The under side of the subordinate parts and members of buildings, such as staircases, entablatures, archways, cornices, or the like. See Illust. of lintel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture: The under horizontal face of an architrave between columns
- n. The lower surface of an arch.
- n. The ceiling of a room, when divided by cross-beams into panels, compartments, or lacunaria.
- n. The under face of an overhanging cornice, of a projecting balcony, an entablature, a staircase, etc.
- n. In scenepainting, a border. See scene, 4.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch or overhang or beam etc.)
A soffit is the material that constructs the eave edge of the roof of a house.
The actual arches are of two orders, each of which has the edge-roll, while under the soffit, which is flat, is another roll between two mouldings that are hook-shaped in section.
The door and its soffit, which is formed of a single stone, are ornamented with beautiful sculptures, which are not inferior to those of Baalbec.
Holes in the lower portion of the roof, called soffit vents, allow the relatively cooler outside air to enter the attic and force the warmer attic air out of the top, or ridge.
The soffit is the underside of the box, and the fascias are the boards at the corners of the eaves.
I don't think you are using the term "soffit" correctly.
I had never heard the word "soffit" before commencing this project.
I'm sorry not to have the word "soffit" to use anymore.
Using soft lighting such as soffit halogen spot lights or a glass or jewelled chandelier as a centre light will create ambience.
He even asked for constructive criticism and Gerald was pleased to show him “a better system of rafter soffit tails, that he can use on other sites.”