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The underside of a structural component, such as a beam, arch, staircase, or cornice.
[French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from Vulgar Latin *suffīctus, past participle of suffīgere, to fasten beneath; see suffix.]
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1. (Architecture) the underside of a part of a building or a structural component, such as an arch, beam, stair, etc
2. (Civil Engineering) Also called: crown or vertex the upper inner surface of a drain or sewer. Compare invert6
[C17: via French from Italian soffitto, from Latin suffixus something fixed underneath, from suffīgere, from sub- under + fīgere to fasten]
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the underside of an architectural feature, as a beam, arch, ceiling, vault, or cornice.
[1605–15; < French soffite < Italian soffitto < Vulgar Latin *suffīctus, for Latin suffīxus; see suffix]
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|Noun||1.||soffit - the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch or overhang or beam etc.)|
side - an extended outer surface of an object; "he turned the box over to examine the bottom side"; "they painted all four sides of the house"
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