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colonnade. Series of columns in a straight line supporting an entablature: when standing before a building, supports a roof, and serves as a porch, it is a portico; and if it is carried around three or four sides of a building exterior or round a court or garden it is a peristyle. A colonnade is defined in terms of its number of columns (see portico) and in terms of spaces between columns (see interco-lumniation). See also temple.

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col·on·nade / ˌkäləˈnād/ • n. a row of columns supporting a roof, an entablature, or arcade. ∎  a row of trees or other tall objects. DERIVATIVES: col·on·nad·ed adj.

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colonnade (kŏlənād´), a row of columns usually supporting a roof. Colonnades were popular with the Greeks and Romans, who employed them in the stoa and the portico; they have continued to be used throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and modern times. See column.

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colonnade Sets of regular columns that form the lower part of a thick lava flow showing columnar jointing and lie beneath an entablature.

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colonnade XVIII. — F., f. colonne COLUMN; see -ADE.