Astragal



a small convex molding cut into the form of a string of beads.
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a plain convex molding; bead.
a molding attached to one or both meeting stiles of a pair of double doors in order to prevent drafts.
Historical Examples

The style of carving of the cymatium with its astragal should be the Lesbian.
Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius

It is distinguished from the astragal because it casts less of a shadow above and below.
Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe

Fig. 265 is a rebated joint with loose tongue-slip and astragal mould, suitable for frames over 11⁄4 in.
Woodwork Joints William Fairham

An enlarged section of the astragal mould which is grooved to fit on the bar which forms the rebate is also shown.
Woodwork Joints William Fairham

At the bottom the capital should be of the thickness of the top of the column omitting the congé and astragal.
Ten Books on Architecture Vitruvius

Fig. 257 is similar to the above, with the exception that the rail of the door is rebated (G) to receive the astragal moulding.
Woodwork Joints William Fairham

The astragal of the muzzle or neck of a gun; it is the next ring from the mouth backwards.
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth

noun
(architect)

Also called bead. a small convex moulding, usually with a semicircular cross section
a moulding having the form of a string of beads

(carpentry) a glazing bar, esp in a bookcase
(anatomy) the ankle or anklebone

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