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Meaning of "voussoir" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD VOUSSOIR

From French, from Vulgar Latin volsōrium (unattested), ultimately from Latin volvere to turn, roll.
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PRONUNCIATION OF VOUSSOIR

voussoir  [vuːˈswɑː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF VOUSSOIR

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Voussoir is a noun.
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WHAT DOES VOUSSOIR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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Voussoir

A voussoir is a wedge-shaped element, typically a stone, used in building an arch or vault. Although each unit in an arch or vault is a voussoir, two units are of distinct functional importance: the keystone and the springer. The keystone is the center stone or masonry unit at the apex of an arch. It is often decorated or enlarged. An enlarged and slightly dropped keystone is often found in Mannerist arches of the 16th century, such as the portal of the "church house" at Colditz Castle. The springer is the lowermost voussoir, located where the curve of the arch springs from the vertical support or abutment of the wall or pier. The word is a mason's term borrowed in Middle English from French verbs connoting a "turn". Each wedge-shaped voussoir turns aside the thrust of the mass above, transferring it from stone to stone to the springer's bottom face, which is horizontal and passes the thrust on to the supports. Voussoir arches distribute weight efficiently and take maximum advantage of the compressive strength of stone, as in an arch bridge. In Eastern Romanesque and Arab architecture the voussoirs are often in alternating colors, usually red and white.

Definition of voussoir in the English dictionary

The definition of voussoir in the dictionary is a wedge-shaped stone or brick that is used with others to construct an arch or vault.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH VOUSSOIR


armoire
ɑːmˈwɑː
baignoire
ˈbenwɑː
boudoir
ˈbuːdwɑː
bourgeois
ˈbʊəʒwɑː
Chihuahua
tʃɪˈwɑːwɑː
devoir
ˈdevwɑː
Dubois
djuːˈbwɑː
fatwa
ˈfætwɑː
Kwa
kwɑː
memoir
ˈmɛmwɑː
noir
nwɑː
pissoir
ˈpiːswɑː
poult-de-soie
ˌpʊltdəˈswɑː
repertoire
ˈrɛpəˌtwɑː
repoussoir
ˌrɛpuːˈswɑː
reservoir
ˈrɛzəˌvwɑː
Seychellois
ˌseɪʃɛlˈwɑː
tous-les-mois
ˌtuːleɪˈmwɑː
vichyssois
ˌviːʃiːˈswɑː
wawa
ˈwɑːˌwɑː

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE VOUSSOIR

votress
Votyak
vouch
vouchee
voucher
vouchsafe
vouchsafement
vouge
voulge
voulu
Vouvray
vow
vowel
vowel gradation
vowel mutation
vowel point
vowel shift
vowel sound
vowel-less
vowel-like

WORDS THAT END LIKE VOUSSOIR

abattoir
aspersoir
au revoir
Beauvoir
choir
coir
couloir
de Beauvoir
Eure-et-Loir
film noir
gospel choir
grattoir
loir
male-voice choir
peignoir
Pinot Noir
preach to the choir
remontoir
terroir
trottoir

Synonyms and antonyms of voussoir in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «voussoir» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF VOUSSOIR

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楔块
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Translator English - Spanish

dovela
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voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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Voussoir
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Keilstein
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迫石
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voussoir
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Voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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Voussoir
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Translator English - Turkish

voussoir
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Translator English - Italian

voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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voussoir
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Translator English - Afrikaans

voussoir
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Translator English - Swedish

voussoir
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Trends of use of voussoir

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «VOUSSOIR»

The term «voussoir» is normally little used and occupies the 143.110 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «VOUSSOIR» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about voussoir

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «VOUSSOIR»

Discover the use of voussoir in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to voussoir and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Arch Bridges
Tampere University of Technology /Structural Mechanics, Finland ABSTRACT: The paper presents a theory of the statics of voussoir arches in the purely elastic range. The theory is based on a contact mechanical treatment of the joints ...
A. Sinopoli, 1998
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Brickwork
W. G. Nash. the template to be of sufficient length to allow for the sliding of the template down the face of the arch skewback — keybrick Marking a voussoir with the aid of a tern- 2 nail tie nail bearer folding support nail fixed at the. setting out ...
W. G. Nash, 1988
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An Encyclopædia of Architecture: Historical, Theoretical, ...
centre of gravity let fall the vertical Nn, which may be taken to express the weight of the voussoir. This weight may be resolved into two forces, whereof one, Nc, is parallel to the joint, and the other Na is perpendicular to it. In the same manner ...
Joseph Gwilt, 1842
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The History of the Theory of Structures: From Arch Analysis ...
The wedge, representing the voussoir, is understood as a simple machine, and several wedges are assembled to form the masonry arch model just like building a masonry arch itself. The loadbearing system synthesis prevails. The disparity of  ...
Karl-Eugen Kurrer, 2012
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Bridges, an elementary treatise on their construction and ...
Equilibrium of a Single Voussoir. — A block, such as a voussoir, ABCD, fig. 42, resting on one of its surfaces, such as the joint AB separating it from the next voussoir, is in equilibrium when the resultant of all the forces acting upon it ( including ...
Henry Charles Fleeming Jenkin, 1776
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An Elementary Treatise on Mechanics
In this case it is called an Arch. The wedges M, Af,, M2t &c. are called Voussoirs : and the voussoir which is at the top or Crown of the arch, - M, is called the Key- Stone. The surfaces PQ, P.Q, , P*Q*> &c. which separate the voussoirs are called  ...
William Whewell, 1819
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The Architectural Magazine, and Journal of Improvement in ...
line a h, Jig. 189., will be found to be quite within the voussoir ; but this is not the case with the line a h,Jig. 188.; also, the dotted line e r m xfig. 189. is considerably nearer the intrados than e r in Jig. 188.; therefore proportionally the stronger: or ...
‎1836
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The Architectural Magazine
189., will be found to be quite within the voussoir ; but this is not the case with the line a h,Jig. 188.; also, the dotted line e r in Jig. 189. is considerably nearer the intrados than e r m Jig. 188.; therefore proportionally the stronger: or Jig.
John Claudius Loudon, 1836
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Mathematical Excursions to the World's Great Buildings
Figure 2.31 considers the voussoir to the left of the keystone. Let P1 be the magnitude of the push that holds up this voussoir—just this voussoir—and let H1 be its horizontal component. The vertical component of P1 is equal to the weight Wof ...
Alexander Hahn, 2012
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Recreations in mathematics and natural philosophy, ...
They might even be still farther strengthened, in a very considerable degree : for the height of these dove-tails might be made double, and a cavity might be cut in the middle of the bed of the upper voussoir, fit to receive it entirely : the dove-tail ...
Jacques Ozanam, Jean Étienne Montucla, Edward Riddle, 1840

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «VOUSSOIR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term voussoir is used in the context of the following news items.
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Seamark founder's journey through creation
He is currently working on a wood sculpture based on a voussoir, or French arch form, he said. Bulger is always drawing, he said. His pocket sketchbooks are ... «Island Ad-Vantages, Jul 15»
2
LGV Tours-Bordeaux : le chantier à grande vitesse de Vinci
Sur cette photo prise le 4 février 2013 à Roullet-Saint-Estèphe on assiste à la pose du premier voussoir pour le premier pont construit sur la LGV ... «Les Échos, Jul 15»
3
Les voussoirs innovants du Grand Paris
Dans le cadre du Grand Paris, le groupement Bonna Sabla/Capremib a été chargé de la fabrication des voussoirs pour les 5,8 km de tunnel du prolongement ... «Construction Cayola, Jun 15»
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Nouvelle route du Littoral de La Réunion : le viaduc se dessine
Trois centrales à béton seront chargées de produire 1 300 voussoirs. Un nouveau quai à Port Est en construction doit faciliter la sortie d'usine des éléments ... «Construction Cayola, Mar 15»
5
Inside 25 Van Ness, A Repurposed Masonic Temple
... Caritas (Compassion) and Fortitudo (Fortitude) framed by a intricately carved voussoir. The southeast corner of the building's façade still bears the building's ... «Hoodline, Feb 15»
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Racing: Filly aiming towards Oaks
Voussoir (race 5) looms as the best of Kennedy's other runners today. ''It's not a really strong field and he's shown a little bit. He's probably a really good runner,'' ... «Otago Daily Times, Jan 15»
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Le Pont de Normandie a 20 ans ! Il fut le plus long pont à haubans …
2. La pose de la première pierre du Pont. 3. Le dernier voussoir : la clé de voûte du Pont de Normandie. 4. Crash-test avant ouverture : 80 camions de 15 tonnes ... «Industrie et Technologies, Jan 15»
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Les entreprises tourangelles travaillent sur le métro de Riyad
Après Faiveley à Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, c'est CBE à Saint-Avertin qui réalisera des moules à voussoir cependant que sa filiale fournira érecteur et chariot. «la Nouvelle République, Dec 14»
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Ancient Rome's Bridge to Nowhere
The ability to make voussoir arches also implied another major advance—the use of cement, rubble and brick infill above the arches to make a roadbed that was ... «Wall Street Journal, Sep 14»
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Super-Tunnel : CBE décroche un gros marché en Chine
L'entreprise tourangelle va fournir les moules de voussoir pour un tunnel double fonction qui permettra la circulation des véhicules automobiles et d'un métro ... «la Nouvelle République, Sep 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Voussoir [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/voussoir>. May 2022 ».
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