Meaning of trabeation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtreɪbɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • The use of beams in architectural construction, rather than arches or vaulting.

    ‘They refer to windows as ‘glazing’ or ‘fenestration’ and a beam or lintel as ‘trabeation’… Nothing is simply flat, it's ‘planar’ instead.’
    • ‘These include parts of a cornice and trabeation with sculpted round loaves of bread and a large travertine block incised to look like a wicker basket.’
    • ‘On the same occasion the cornice and the trabeation were repaired by means of cement mortar.’
    • ‘In our earlier discussion of trabeation, we pointed out the lintel as the weak element of the structure.’
    • ‘A loggia with arches resting on twin columns but without trabeation supports the roof.’
    • ‘The temple, which is also the symbol of Agrigento, has only four columns and some of the trabeation standing.’
    • ‘The façade is crowned by a gable and sub-divided into two orders by a projecting trabeation.’
    • ‘On these columns you can admire Ionic capitals which directly support the trabeation with a mosaic frieze of the V century.’
    • ‘And finally right before the La Loggia degli Osii is the crowning touch - a charming 16th century well with columns and trabeation added in the 18th century.’
    • ‘The horizontal shelf above the columns is called the trabeation or entablature.’
    • ‘For example, the trabeation traces the church's perimeters, bestowing unity, yet without ever breaking its supports: the diagonal cut of the dome's pillars is particularly eye-catching.’
    • ‘Having a knee-bone in your trabeation is quite something.’
    • ‘Moneo modulates the rectangular openings of this blunt trabeation floor by floor; each level of this outermost skin is set to its own syncopated rhythm.’
    • ‘The trabeation was in wood decorated with terracotta, and the roof is double sloped.’
    • ‘The facade faced toward the Forum piazza with 19 columns surmounted on a trabeation.’
    • ‘No two of these two-storied colonnades are alike; some have masonry columns or piers; one has monolithic columns; most are arcaded but one has a horizontal trabeation, etc.’
    • ‘The Tower with its rectangular shape perfectly fits between the two adjacent buildings and it raises on the arcade's trabeation which is supported by columns and pillars.’
    • ‘At the entrance there is an arch with bas-relieves in the trabeation.’
    • ‘Although this is only a rough sketch, there is evidence nonetheless of a number of outlines which are of only secondary importance, such as the recipients on the trabeation.’
    • ‘The trabeation is decored with a frieze in glazed earthenware by Andrea della Robbia who realized also the four rounds with figures of the evangelists placed in the pendentives of the dome.’


Mid 16th century (denoting a horizontal beam): formed irregularly from Latin trabs, trab- ‘beam, timber’ + -ation.