Gable vs. Gamble

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  • Gable

    A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of intersecting roof pitches. The shape of the gable and how it is detailed depends on the structural system used, which reflects climate, material availability, and aesthetic concerns. A gable wall or gable end more commonly refers to the entire wall, including the gable and the wall below it.

    A parapet made of a series of curves (Dutch gable) or horizontal steps (crow-stepped gable) may hide the diagonal lines of the roof.

    Gable ends of more recent buildings are often treated in the same way as the Classic pediment form. But unlike Classical structures, which operate through trabeation, the gable ends of many buildings are actually bearing-wall structures. Thus, the detailing can be ambiguous or misleading.Gable style is also used in the design of fabric structures, with varying degree sloped roofs, dependent on how much snowfall is expected.

    Sharp gable roofs are a characteristic of the Gothic and classical Greek styles of architecture.The opposite or inverted form of a gable roof is a V-roof or butterfly roof.

  • Gable (noun)

    The terminating, two sloped roof surfaces (pitches).

  • Gamble (noun)

    A bet or wager.

    “I had a gamble on the horses last weekend.”

  • Gamble (noun)

    A significant risk, undertaken with a potential gain.

  • Gamble (noun)

    A risky venture.

    “The sailors had taken many gambles with the sea and always won.”

  • Gamble (verb)

    To take a risk, with the potential of a positive outcome.

  • Gamble (verb)

    To play risky games, especially casino games, for monetary gain.

  • Gamble (verb)

    To risk (something) for potential gain.

    “He gambled his reputation on the outcome.”

  • Gamble (verb)

    To interact with equipment at a casino

  • Gable (noun)

    the triangular upper part of a wall at the end of a ridged roof

    “a house with mock-Tudor gables”

  • Gable (noun)

    a wall topped with a gable.

  • Gable (noun)

    a gable-shaped canopy over a window or door.

Oxford Dictionary

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