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n. Architecture
A three-sided, curved section of vaulting between the rim of a dome and each adjacent pair of the arches that support it.

[French pendentif, from Latin pendēns, pendent-, hanging, present participle of pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]


(Architecture) any of four triangular sections of vaulting with concave sides, positioned at a corner of a rectangular space to support a circular or polygonal dome
[C18: from French pendentif, from Latin pendens hanging, from pendere to hang]


(pɛnˈdɛn tɪv)

one of several spandrels, in the form of concave triangles, forming a transition between the circular plan of a dome and the polygonal plan of the supporting masonry.
[1720–30; < French pendentif; see pendent, -ive]
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Nicolo al Carmine, Siena); the figure in monochrome fresco inside the lower left pendentive that accompanies the 'Amor di Patria' (Palazzo Pubblico, Siena); the kneeling woman by the door in the background of The Nativity of the Virgin (Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena): G.
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