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ἔντασις), called by Vitruvius adiectio. An architectural term applied to the swelling in a column from the lower end to a certain point, after which a diminution takes place to the hypotrachelium, which forms part of the capital. In some ancient columns, as at Assos, the entasis is much exaggerated; in others, as at Corinth, it is entirely absent.

Entasis. (From Doric Columns at Paestum.)

Examples of the absence and presence of entasis are represented in the illustration: from the great temple at Paestum (to left), from a later building in the same city (to right).

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