Soffit (from French "soffite", Italian "soffitto", formed as a ceiling; directly from "suffictus" for "suffixus", Latin "suffigere", to fix underneath), in
architecture, describes the underside of any construction element. Examples of soffits include:
* the underside of an
archor architrave(whether supported by piers or columns),
* the underside of a flight of stairs, under the classical
* the underside of a projecting cornice, or
* the underside of a ceiling to fill the space above the kitchen cabinets, at the corner of the ceiling and wall.
In popular use, "soffit" most often refers to the material forming a ceiling from the top of an exterior house wall to the outer edge of the roof, i.e., bridging the gap between a home's
sidingand the roofline, otherwise known as the eaves.
Soffit exposure profile (from wall to fascia) on a buildings' exterior can vary from a few
centimetres (2-3 inches) to well beyond a meter(3 feet) depending on construction. It can be non-ventilated or ventilated for cooling non livable atticspace.
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Soffit — Sof fit, n. [It. soffitta, soffitto, fr. soffiggere to hide, properly, to fix or fasten under, L. suffigere to fasten beneath or below; sub under, beneath + figere to fix, faste: cf. F. soffite.] (Arch.) The under side of the subordinate parts… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
soffit — 1610s, from It. soffita, fem. of soffitto ceiling, originally fixed beneath, from L. sub under (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + pp. of figere to fix, fasten (see FIX (Cf. fix)) … Etymology dictionary
soffit — [säf′it] n. [Fr soffite < It soffitto < VL * suffictus, for L suffixus: see SUFFIX] 1. the horizontal underside of an eave, cornice, etc. 2. the intrados of an arch or vault … English World dictionary
soffit — noun /ˈsɒf.ɪt,ˈsɑ.fɪt/ a) The visible underside of an arch, balcony, beam, cornice, staircase, vault or any other architectural element. If the soff … Wiktionary
soffit — noun Etymology: French soffite, from Italian soffitto, from Vulgar Latin *suffictus, past participle of Latin suffigere to fasten underneath more at suffix Date: 1592 the underside of a part or member of a building (as of an overhang or… … New Collegiate Dictionary
soffit — /sof it/, n. Archit. the underside of an architectural feature, as a beam, arch, ceiling, vault, or cornice. [1605 15; < F soffite < It soffitto < VL *suffictus, for L suffixus; see SUFFIX] * * * … Universalium
Soffit — Hængende kulisse … Danske encyklopædi
soffit — sofÂ·fit || sÉ‘fÉªt / sÉ’f n. (Architecture) bottom side of a component of a building (staircase, arch, a balcony, overhanging eaves etc.) … English contemporary dictionary
soffit — The underside of an architectural member such as an arch, lintel, cornice, or stairway. (pr. sah fit) Also see intrados … Glossary of Art Terms
Soffit — A panel which covers the underside of an roof overhang, cantilever, or mansard … Energy terms