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Architectural terms, their definitions in English and their translations

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1- The termination of a hoodmold (arched dripstone) in which the lower ends are turned away from the opening horizontally

2- Any decorative boss or other termination of a hoodmold, sill, etc.

Label stop:

The termination of a hoodmold (arched dripstone) in which the lower ends are turned away from the opening horizontally


Latin name in architecture for paneled or coffered ceiling, soffit, or vault adorned with a pattern of recessed paneled.

Lancet window

A narrow window with a sharp pointed arch


A tower or small turret with windows or openings for light and air, crowning a dome or cupola.


the basic material used in the formerly common building technique known as lath and plaster, which was used to make interior walls.

One of the key elements of lath, whether wooden slats or wire mesh, are the openings or gaps that allow plaster or stucco to ooze behind and form a stronger bond to the lath itself.

Lattice window

A window casement, fixed or hinged, with glazed bars set diagonally.


an ornamental, lattice framework consisting of a criss-crossed pattern


A convex molding decorated with a pattern of alternate leaf-like forms and darts, found especially on Ionic capitals


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and spearheaded by Robert K. Watson, Founding Chairman LEED Steering Committee from 1995 until 2006, LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Since its inception in 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council has grown to encompass more than 7,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries, covering over 1.501 billion square feet (140 km²) of development area.The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by USGBC members are publicly reviewed for approval by the almost 20,000 member organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) was established by USGBC to provide a series of exams to allow individuals to become accredited for their knowledge of the LEED rating system. This is recognized through either the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) or LEED Green Associate (LEED Green Assoc.) designation. GBCI also provides third-party certification for projects pursuing LEED.

Lighting Dictionary

Many of the finest shades made by Steuben have an applied border of either platinum or gold Aurene (below). These are high workmanship items because the border was made separate and then applied or welded to the main portion of the shade.


In a window, the openings between mullions; more generally, panes


A carved Gothic ornamental panel treatment made to resemble folded linen, probably originally after the folded napkin on the chalice in the Catholic ritual.


a horizontal block that spans the space between two supports.


The "king of the beasts," and always a favorite animal symbol in furniture , interiors, art, and architecture.

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