AskDefine | Define eave

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  1. The underside of a roof that extends beyond the external walls of a building

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underside of a roof

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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 part of a sloping roof that overhangs the wall or the soffit, the lower edge of the part of a roof that overhangs a wall.
In passive solar building design, the eave may be extended to control the amount of solar light and heat entering the window(s).
eave in German: Dachtraufe
eave in Scottish Gaelic: Anainn
eave in Upper Sorbian: Skap
eave in Polish: Okap
eave in Swedish: Takfot
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