Ga"ble (?), n. A cable.
Ga"ble, n. [OE. gable,
gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a
building, prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G.
giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle;
perh. akin to Gr. ? head, and E. cephalic, or to G.
gabel fork, AS. geafl, E. gaffle, L.
gabalus a kind of gallows.] (Arch.) (a)
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. Hence: (b) The end wall of a
building, as distinguished from the front or rear side.
(c) A decorative member having the shape of a
triangular gable, such as that above a Gothic arch in a
Bell gable. See under Bell. --
Gable roof, a double sloping roof which forms a
gable at each end. -- Gable wall. Same as
Gable (b). -- Gable
window, a window in a gable.