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1. The open spaces between the columns in a colonnade.
2. The system by which the columns in a colonnade are spaced.


1. (Architecture) the horizontal distance between two adjacent columns
2. (Architecture) the system of spacing for a set of columns
[C17: from Latin intercolumnium space between two columns]
ˌintercoˈlumnar adj


(ˌɪn tər kəˌlʌm niˈeɪ ʃən)

n. Archit.
1. the space between two adjacent columns, esp. the clear space between the lower parts of the shafts.
2. the system of spacing between columns.
[1655–65; < Latin intercolumni(um) space between columns]


the space between columns; the pattern of spacing between columns.
See also: Architecture
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In the Rhetorica ad Herennium, the author tells us that the memory places will often consist of an intercolumniation, a corner, an arch, and other objects.
One should distribute throughout the building, or room, in corners, at arches or intercolumniations images relating to whatever one wishes to remember (208).
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