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, conventionally employed especially in classical architecture.
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”).