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1 Piece of stone, terracotta, etc., prepared for building and bigger than a brick.

2 Rectangular plain element at the bottom of a door-architrave, also stopping the skirt or plinth in Classical architecture.

3 Row or mass of buildings connected together, as in a terrace, set against a street on the front and bounded by other streets, often of mixed use.

4 Most significant building in an architectural composition, e.g. a corps de logis with wings.

5 One of a series of projecting blocks on architraves, columns, or pilasters as in a Gibbs surround: in such cases the architrave, column, or pilaster is said to be banded or blocked. See band.

6 Small triangular piece of timber in the angle between two other timbers, e.g. at the top of two cruck blades.

Subjects: Architecture.

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