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Cushion capital

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cushion capital (Arch) A capital so sculptured as to appear like a cushion pressed down by the weight of its entablature.
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Usage

In literature:

Above is a round-headed window with a slightly smaller arch on each side, with cushion capitals.
"The Cathedral Church of Peterborough" by W.D. Sweeting
At the height of the springing of the arch the shafts are surmounted by plain cushion capitals.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham" by J. E. Bygate
All the attached shafts in all three stages have cushion capitals.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting
Their capitals represent the type known as the 'Pseudo-Ionic' or cushion capital, in view of its broad head.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
The term "cushion" is given in architecture to the sides of the Ionic capital.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 8" by Various
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In news:

Together, this will return FHA 's capital cushion to the plus side within the year and reduce its need for a bailout, according to HUD.
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