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    Alto-rilievo (High relief)
    Description:
    Technique of sculpting in which the figures are considerably raised or detached from the background. In a bas-relief the figures are only slightly raised from the su
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    Aluminum Panel Cladding
    Description:
    An exterior finish system made up of aluminum panels fastened to a structural frame.
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    Amber
    Description:
    Derived from Arabic, amber is a fossilized resin, reddish-yellow in colour and more or less transparant. It has been used from ancient times to make trinkets and jew
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    Ambulatory
    Description:
    A semicircular or polygonal aisle which leads around the east end of the choir; often separating the choir from apses or chapels.
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    Amorino
    Description:
    Ornament from the Renaissance; little chubby naked cupids.
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    Anchor bolts
    Description:
    Bolts to secure a wooden sill plate to concrete , or masonry floor or wall.
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    Angle of the flank
    Description:
    The angle of the flank is the angle between the curtain and the adjacent flank, also known as the; curtain flank and the flanking angle.
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    Angle of the polygon
    Description:
    The angle of the polygon is formed by the junction of the two adjacent sides of a polygon.
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    Annealed glass
    Description:
    Standard sheet of float glass which has not been heat-treated.
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    Annealing
    Description:
    Heating above the critical or recrystallization temperature, then controlled cooling of metal, glass, or other materials to eliminate the effects of cold-working, re
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    ANSI
    Description:
    American National Standards Institute. Clearing house for all types of standards and specifications.
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    Antefixae
    Description:
    Ornamental blocks on the edge of a roof to conceal the ends of the tiles.
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    Anthemion
    Description:
    A stylized representation of the honeysuckle flower, most often used in conjunction with palmettes in a frieze. Usually found on a cornice or neck of Ionic capital;
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    Applied or Engaged Column
    Description:
    A column which is attached to the wall so that only half of the form projects from the wall
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    Apron
    Description:
    A trim board that is installed beneath a window sill
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    Apse
    Description:
    A semi-circular or polygonal projection of a building, with a half dome or conch (bowl-shaped vault). In churches it is at the end of the central nave (sometimes als
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    Apsidiole
    Description:
    A small projecting apse forming part of the main apse. A typical element of Gothic and Cluniac architecture.
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    Arabesque
    Description:
    geometric intricate surface decoration; no human figures; has interlaced patterns.
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    Arcade
    Description:
    Passage or walkway covered over by a succession of arches or vaults supported by columns. Blind arcade or arcading: the same applied to the wall surface.
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    Arcadia
    Description:
    a picturesque plateau region in Greece, reputed to be the home of pastoral poetry and commemorated by pastoral poets as an ideal landscape of peace and contentment,
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    Arcading
    Description:
    rows of arches supported on columns, free-standing or attached to a wall (blind arcade)
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    Arch
    Description:
    A curved structural member spanning an opening or recess. The wedge shaped elements that make up an arch keep one another in palce and transform the vertical pressur
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    Architrave
    Description:
    The lintel or flat horizontal member which spans the space between the columns; in classical architecture, the lowest member of an entablature.
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    Archivolt
    Description:
    A series of decorated, recessed arches spanning an opening such as a portal
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    Area wells
    Description:
    Corrugated metal or concrete barrier walls installed around a basement window to hold back the earth

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