Eaves(?), n. pl. [OE. evese, pl. eveses, AS. efese eaves, brim, brink; akin to OHG. obisa, opasa, porch, hall, MHG. obse eaves, Icel. ups, Goth. ubizwa porch; cf. Icel. upsar-dropi, OSw. ops-drup water dropping from the eaves. Probably from the root of E. over. The s of eaves is in English regarded as a plural ending, though not so in Saxon. See Over, and cf. Eavesdrop.] 1. (Arch.) The edges or lower borders of the roof of a building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water that falls on the roof.
2. Brow; ridge.
[Obs.] "Eaves of the hill."
3. Eyelids or eyelashes.
And closing eaves of wearied eyes.Tennyson.
(Arch.), an arris fillet, or a thick board with a feather edge, nailed across the rafters at the eaves of a building, to raise the lower course of slates a little, or to receive the lowest course of tiles; -- called also
eaves catch and
eaves lath. --
Eaves trough. Same as Gutter, 1. --
(Arch.), a molding immediately below the eaves, acting as a cornice or part of a cornice. --
(Zol.). (a) The cliff swallow; -- so called from its habit of building retort-shaped nests of mud under the eaves of buildings. See
Cliff swallow, under Cliff. (b) The European swallow.
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