Definition of gable :
1. A cable.
2. A decorative member having the shape of a triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a doorway.
3. The end wall of a building, as distinguished from the front or rear side.
4. 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.
- By and by, pointing to a small cottage on the hilltop, he said: I have been picking out my little house to work in; there it is over there; the one with the gable in the roof. - "Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009.