1. the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Eaves \Eaves\, n. pl. [OE. evese, pl. eveses, AS. efese eaves,
brim, brink; akin to OHG. obisa, opasa, porch, hall, MHG.
obse eaves, Icel. ups, Goth. ubizwa porch; cf. Icel.
upsar-dropi, OSw. ops[aum]-drup water dropping from the
eaves. Probably from the root of E. over. The s of eaves is
in English regarded as a plural ending, though not so in
Saxon. See Over, and cf. Eavesdrop.]
1. (Arch.) The edges or lower borders of the roof of a
building, which overhang the walls, and cast off the water
that falls on the roof.
2. Brow; ridge. [Obs.] "Eaves of the hill." --Wyclif.
3. Eyelids or eyelashes.
And closing eaves of wearied eyes. --Tennyson.
Eaves board (Arch.), an arris fillet, or a thick board with
a feather edge, nailed across the rafters at the eaves of
a building, to raise the lower course of slates a little,
or to receive the lowest course of tiles; -- called also
eaves catch and eaves lath.
Eaves channel, Eaves gutter, Eaves trough. Same as
Eaves molding (Arch.), a molding immediately below the
eaves, acting as a cornice or part of a cornice.
Eaves swallow (Zo["o]l.).
(a) The cliff swallow; -- so called from its habit of
building retort-shaped nests of mud under the eaves of
buildings. See Cliff swallow, under Cliff.
(b) The European swallow.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the overhang at the lower edge of a roof
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
20 Moby Thesaurus words for "eaves":
ceiling, housetop, lantern, overhead, penthouse, plafond,
ridgepole, roof, roof garden, roof-deck, roofage, roofing,
roofpole, rooftop, rooftree, shingles, skylight, slates, tiles,