nounplural noun oculi/ˈɒkjʊlʌɪ/ /ˈɒkjʊliː/Architecture
A round or eye-like opening or design, such as a circular window or an opening at the apex of a dome.‘Either way, feeding a signal from a microphone placed in the oculus gives a real audio picture of the size of the space.’
- ‘What could have swayed Capponi away from the plan for an oculus and toward the tall, narrow shape employed by Marcillat?’
- ‘Vents in the facade, the cupolas, and the oculi inside allowed air to circulate throughout the building.’
- ‘Each of the upper study areas has an oculus in the floor revealing its counterpart below.’
Early 18th century (in rare obsolete sense ‘leaf bud’): from Latin, literally ‘eye’.
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