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SOFFIT (from Fr. soffite, Ital. soffi...

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 344 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SOFFIT (from Fr. soffite, Ital. soffitta, a ceiling, formed as if from su. fjictus for suff xus, Lat. suffigere, to fix underneath), a term in architecture given to the underside of any constructional feature; as for instance that of an arch or an architrave whether supported by piers or columns; also to the underside of a flight of stairs, and in the classic entablature to the Under-side of the projecting cornice.
End of Article: SOFFIT (from Fr. soffite, Ital. soffitta, a ceiling, formed as if from su. fjictus for suff xus, Lat. suffigere, to fix underneath)
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