Archit. a slight, convex swelling in the shaft of a column: it prevents the illusion of concavity produced by a perfectly straight shaft
Origin of entasisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek entasis, literally , a stretching ; from enteinein, to stretch tight ; from en-, in + teinein: see thin
A slight convexity or swelling, as in the shaft of a column, intended to compensate for the illusion of concavity resulting from straight sides.
Origin of entasisLatin, from Greek, tension, from enteinein, to stretch tight : en-, intensive pref.; see en–2 + teinein, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
Latin, from Ancient Greek έντασις (entasis, “tension, straining”), from εντείνω (enteino, “to stretch or strain tight”).