coving [kōv′iŋ]
a concave molding or arch; cove

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cov·ing (kōʹvĭng) n.
See cove1.

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or cove

Concave molding or deeply arched section of a wall surface.

The curve typically describes a quarter-circle and serves to connect walls and ceiling (cove ceiling). The arched sections may be used to conceal light fixtures for dramatic effect, hence the term cove lighting. Coving can also refer to the curved soffit connecting the top of an exterior wall to a projecting eave.

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      in architecture, concave molding or arched section of wall surface. An example is the curved soffit connecting the top of an exterior wall to a projecting eave. The curve typically describes a quarter-circle. The arched sections of a curved ceiling would be coving. Such a coved ceiling serves to join the vertical walls with a flat ceiling.

      Rococo (Rococo style) architecture exploits the angle of coving toward a potential viewer; the frequently broad surface is profusely decorated. A particularly fine example of a coved ceiling is found in the Petit Trianon, Versailles (1762–68), built by Ange-Jacques Gabriel.

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  • Coving — Cov ing, n. (Arch.) (a) A cove or series of coves, as the concaved surface under the overhang of a projecting upper story. (b) The splayed jambs of a flaring fireplace. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coving — [kōv′iŋ] n. a concave molding or arch; cove …   English World dictionary

  • Coving — Cove Cove, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coved} (k?vd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coving}.] (Arch.) To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove. [1913 Webster] The mosques and other buildings of the Arabians are rounded into… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coving — cove ► NOUN 1) a small sheltered bay. 2) Architecture a concave arch or arched moulding at the junction of a wall with a ceiling. ► VERB (coved) Architecture ▪ having a cove. DERIVATIVES coving noun …   English terms dictionary

  • coving — noun A concave surface, often of gypsum or expanded polystyrene, forming a junction between a ceiling and a wall …   Wiktionary

  • coving — kəʊv n. small bay, inlet; chap, fellow (Slang) v. make with an inward curve; arch over; have a cove, design or build a wall with a cove …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Coving — ♦ Concave under surface. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 411) …   Medieval glossary

  • coving — /ˈkoʊvɪŋ/ (say kohving) noun 1. an arched or vaulted piece of building. 2. the arching of a coved ceiling …   Australian English dictionary

  • coving — n. = COVE(1) n. 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Coving (urban planning) — For other uses, see Cove (disambiguation). Coving is a method of urban planning used in subdivision characterized by non uniform lot shapes and home placement. When combined with winding roads, lot area is increased and road area reduced. Coving… …   Wikipedia

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