1. entasis

noun. a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight.


  • column
  • convex shape
  • pillar

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Sentences with entasis

1. Noun, singular or mass
All three styles of columns employed the use of entasis -- the widening of the center and the top of the column to create the optical illusion that the columns were perfectly straight.