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Chinese eaves

An eave is the edge of a roof. Eaves usually project beyond the side of the building generally to provide weather protection. Some buildings, such as Craftsman bungalows, have very wide eaves with decorative brackets.

The word eave can also refer to the lower part of a sloping roof which projects beyond the wall or the soffit

In passive solar building design, the eave may be extended to control the amount of solar light and heat entering the window(s).

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

EAVES (not a plural form as is sometimes supposed, but singular; O. Eng. efes, in Mid. High Ger. obse, Gothic ubizwa, a porch; connected with "over"), in architecture, the projecting edge of a sloping roof, which overhangs the face of the wall so as to throw off the water.


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