Definition of entasis in English:


nounplural noun entases/-sēz/

  • A slight convex curve in the shaft of a column, introduced to correct the visual illusion of concavity produced by a straight shaft.

    ‘The pillars of the exterior exhibit batter (lean slightly inward) and entasis (slight convex curvature near the middle).’
    • ‘The entasis of this skyscraper, like that of a Doric column, leads to a new kind of propositional beauty, one worked out digitally.’
    • ‘Not only does this polysemy make it an enigmatic signifier, but the computer-perfected entasis makes it a good example of propositional beauty - the central planned skyscraper with elegant double curves shooting to the sky.’
    • ‘This taper - the term for it is entasis - infuses the column with vitality.’
    • ‘I have to use this entasis, because if you let the edges go straight, the frontal plane of the painting will shoot out at the corners.’



/ˈen(t)əsəs/ /ˈɛn(t)əsəs/


Mid 17th century modern Latin, from Greek, from enteinein ‘to stretch or strain’.