Definition of gable:
- A cable.
- A decorative member having the shape of a triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a doorway.
- The end wall of a building, as distinguished from the front or rear side.
- The vertical triangular portion of the end of a building, from the level of the cornice or eaves to the ridge of the roof. Also, a similar end when not triangular in shape, as of a gambrel roof and the like.
Moreover, when, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, aisles were rebuilt or widened, there was always, as at Tansor, a tendency to decide the width of the aisle by the length of an existing transept or transeptal chapel, and to build the new outer wall flush with its gable wall.- "The Ground Plan of the English Parish Church", A. Hamilton Thompson.
The coincidence of the actual appearance of the lady among them, therefore seemed the more miraculous, when, wan and hopeless, staggering desperately backward to the gable- ridge, they heard a clear contralto voice behind them: " Hadn't you better all come down now?"- "The Two Vanrevels", Booth Tarkington.
- "Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009.