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Anta \An"ta\, n.; pl. Ant[ae]. [L.] (Arch.) A species of pier produced by thickening a wall at its termination, treated architecturally as a pilaster, with capital and base.

Note: Porches, when columns stand between two ant[ae], are called in Latin in antis.


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Anta (architecture)

An anta (pl. antæ) ( Latin, possibly from ante, 'before' or 'in front of') is an architectural term describing the posts or pillars on either side of a doorway or entrance of a Greek temple - the slightly projecting piers which terminate the walls of the naos.

In contrast to pillars, they are directly connected with the walls of a temple. They owe their origin to the vertical posts of timber employed in the early, more primitive palaces or temples of Greece, as at Tiryns and in the Temple of Hera at Olympia. They were used as load-bearing structures to carry the roof timbers, as no reliance could be placed on walls built with unburnt brick or in rubble masonry with clay mortar. Later, they became more decorative as the materials used for wall construction became sufficient to support the structure.

When there are columns between antae, as in a porch facade, rather than a solid wall, the columns are said to be in antis. (See temple.)

Anta (Canchis)

Anta ( Quechua for copper, also spelled Anda) is a mountain in the Andes of Peru. It is located in the Cusco Region, Canchis Province, on the border of the districts of Checacupe and San Pablo. Anta lies near the Chhuyumayu valley, southeast of Jach'a Sirk'i and Wari Sallani.

Usage examples of "anta".

The grains of Anta, that would be used in purifying you, would cost ten times as much.

On the way, in one of the cities in the north of Batiara, where the Antae had their own court, we saw a chapel complex.

The grains of Anta, that would be used in purifying you, would cost ten times as much.

But since augmentless perfects seem to be permissible, the easiest solution must be to simply omit the augment in the case of such verbs: anta- "give" becoming antië "has given", onot- "count up" becoming onótië "has counted up" (though this is also the perfect of not- "reckon"!

The arrow that killed Agila, Master of the Antae Horse, came from there.

A smaller Antae nobleman, smooth-chinned but with a long brown moustache, stood beside him now, and Pardos saw this man lay a steadying hand on the Chancellor's arm as Sybard passed right by them.