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soffit

Definition:

the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch, overhang, beam, or so on)

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

soffits

Type of:

side » surface » artifact » whole

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

via French from Italian soffitto, from Latin suffixus something fixed...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Soffit

in architecture, describes the underside of any construction element. Examples of soffits include: the underside of an arch or architrave, ; the underside of a flight of stairs, under the classical entablature, ; the underside of a projecting cornice,... (39 of 598 words, 3 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Soffit

Wiktionary:

soffit | soffits [plural]

[architecture] The visible underside of an arch, balcony, beam, cornice, staircase, vault or any other architectural element. | [pipe technology] The top point of the inside open section of a pipe or box conduit. (33 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/soffit

Collins Dictionary:

soffit | crown [synonym, sense-specific] | vertex [synonym, sense-specific]

the underside of a part of a building or a structural component, such as an arch, beam, stair, etc | the upper inner surface of a drain or sewer (28 of 283 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/soffit

Merriam-Webster:

soffit

the underside of a part or member of a building (as of an overhang or staircase) ; especially, the intrados of an arch (23 of 54 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/soffit

Oxford Dictionary:

soffit

the underside of an architectural structure such as an arch, a balcony, or overhanging eaves (15 of 48 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/soffit

American Heritage Dictionary:

soffit

The underside of a structural component, such as a beam, arch, staircase, or cornice. (14 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/soffit

New World Dictionary:

soffit

the horizontal underside of an eave, cornice, etc. | the intrados of an arch or vault (15 of 31 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/soffit

Random House Dictionary:

soffit [architecture]

the underside of an architectural feature, as a beam, arch, ceiling, vault, or cornice. (14 of 20 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/soffit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

side | sides [plural] | a bit on the side | at/by someone's side | from all sides | from side to side | get out of the right/wrong side of bed | on all sides/on every side | on either side | ...

[countable] a particular area of something such as a building, street, or ... | [countable] an outside surface of an object or shape that is not its ... (26 of 1348 words, 32 definitions, 72 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/side

side [verb] | sided [past tense] | sided with [past tense] | siding [present participle] | siding with [present participle] | sides [3rd-person singular present] | sides with [3rd-person singular present] | side with [I/you/we/they, related]

side with [transitive] to agree with one particular person and support them in an argument (15 of 59 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/side 92

side [only before noun, adjective]

not in or on the central part of something | less important or less central (14 of 55 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/side 83

Cambridge Dictionary:

side [entry 1] | -sided [suffix, derived]

a flat outer surface of an object, especially one that is not the top, the bottom, the front or the back (21 of 83 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 1

side [entry 2] | -sided [suffix, derived]

an edge or border of something (6 of 39 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 2

side [entry 3] | side by side

a place next to something | "side by side": next to each other (12 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 3

side [entry 4] | from side to side | -sided [suffix, derived]

a part of something, especially in relation to a real or imagined central line | the part of the body from under the arm to the top of the leg | ... (29 of 152 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 4

side [entry 5] | take sides | take someone's side | -sided [suffix, derived]

one of two or more opposing teams or groups | "take sides": to support one person or group rather than another, in an argument or war | "take sb's ... (27 of 110 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 5

side [entry 6] | -sided [suffix, derived]

an opinion held in an argument; a way of considering something (11 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 6

side [entry 7]

a part of someone's character (5 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 7

side [entry 8]

not in or at the centre or main part of something (11 of 75 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/side 8

Encarta Dictionary:

soffit | soffits [plural]

the underside of a structural component of a building, e.g. the underside of a roof overhang or the inner curve of an arch (23 of 49 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709679​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

soffit

First use: 17th century

Origin: via French from Italian soffitto, from Latin suffixus something fixed underneath, from suffīgere, from sub- under + fīgere to fasten

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/soffit

Online Etymology:

soffit

First use: 1610s

Origin: Italian soffita, feminine of soffitto "ceiling", originally "fixed beneath", from Latin sub- "under" + past participle of figere "to fix, fasten".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=soffit

Merriam-Webster:

soffit

First use: 1592

Origin: French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from Vulgar Latin *suffictus, past participle of Latin suffigere to fasten underneath

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/soffit

American Heritage Dictionary:

soffit

Origin: French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from Vulgar Latin *suffīctus, past participle of suffīgere, to fasten beneath; see "suffix".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/soffit

Wiktionary:

soffit | soffits [plural]

Origin: French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from sof- ("under") + past participle of figgere ("to fix").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/soffit

Oxford Dictionary:

soffit

First use: early 17th century

Origin: French soffite or Italian soffitto, based on Latin suffixus "fastened below"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/soffit

New World Dictionary:

soffit

Origin: French soffite from Italian soffitto from Vulgar Latin *suffictus, for Latin suffixus: see "suffix"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/soffit

Encarta Dictionary:

soffit | soffits [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: French soffite or Italian soffitto from Latin suffixus "fastened underneath"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709679​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

soffit

Audio: British English pronunciation of "soffit"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/soffit

the Free Dictionary:

soffit

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "soffit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "soffit"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "soffit" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/soffit

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

soffit

Audio: North American pronunciation of "soffit"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=soffit​01 word=soffit

YourDictionary Audio:

soffit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "soffit" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/soffit

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