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▪ She thought his attic bedroom was absolutely fabulous.
▪ From my attic bedroom I thought I surveyed the world.
▪ He lies there in the peeling pyramid of the attic bedroom, on his cot shaped like a gutter.
▪ She stared at herself for some time in the full-length mirror of the attic bedroom.
▪ She was already feeling faint, as much from the stale heat of the attic room as for any other reason.
▪ A tall man waited at the stable entrance of the lodging house where Lucille Castineau had rented two attic rooms.
▪ At a quarter to eleven she galloped back up to the attic room.
▪ The single studio was extremely primitive, consisting of an attic room with two microphones, one turntable and a mixer.
▪ Four out of a total of nine are en suite and two are attic rooms with marvellous views over the village and hills.
▪ Finally she shut herself in the attic room on Ella's day off and sobbed until she ached in body and soul.
▪ Of the twenty-one bedrooms, seventeen are spacious with private facilities, and the remaining four are attic rooms with shared bathrooms.
▪ In his attic room he drew the curtains, turned on the bedside light and lit the gas fire.
▪ What had gone from the attic she could only guess, for she did not remember half the things they stored there.
▪ Before getting into his mattress he went into the front attic.
▪ On a Saturday she went up to the attic.
▪ One day, when a downpour crawling on the windows made even the trees look grey, he went up to the attic.
▪ All these hazards, winter and summer, are the reasons an attic should be well ventilated.
▪ He lived in the top attic right, up against the east end gable of the building.
▪ I wish I had a cosmic panopticon and could see into every Paris cellar and every attic in the banlieue.
▪ Indeed, he was nervous when I was out of the attic.
▪ Pamela Wray's father found her body hanging from an attic beam.
▪ That considered, an unvented attic can be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than outside in winter.
▪ What had gone from the attic she could only guess, for she did not remember half the things they stored there.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Attic \At"tic\, n. [In sense (a) from F. attique, orig. meaning Attic. See Attic, a.]

  1. (Arch.)

    1. A low story above the main order or orders of a facade, in the classical styles; -- a term introduced in the 17th century. Hence:

    2. A room or rooms behind that part of the exterior; all the rooms immediately below the roof.

  2. An Athenian; an Athenian author.


Attic \At"tic\, a. [L. Atticus, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to Attica, in Greece, or to Athens, its principal city; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians; classical; refined.

Attic base (Arch.), a peculiar form of molded base for a column or pilaster, described by Vitruvius, applied under the Roman Empire to the Ionic and Corinthian and ``Roman Doric'' orders, and imitated by the architects of the Renaissance.

Attic faith, inviolable faith.

Attic purity, special purity of language.

Attic salt, Attic wit, a poignant, delicate wit, peculiar to the Athenians.

Attic story. See Attic, n.

Attic style, a style pure and elegant.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "pertaining to Attica," from Latin Atticus, from Greek Attikos "Athenian, of Attica," the region around Athens (see Attica). Attested from 1560s as an architectural term for a type of column base.


"top story under the roof of a house," 1855, shortened from attic storey (1724). The term Attic order in classical architecture meant a small, square decorative column of the type often used in a low story above a building's main facade, a feature associated with the region around Athens (see Attic). The word then was applied by architects to "a low decorative facade above the main story of a building" (1690s in English) to convey a classical heritage where none exists, and it came to mean the space enclosed by such a structure. The modern use is via French attique. "An attic is upright, a garret is in a sloping roof" [Weekley].


n. The space, often unfinished and with sloped walls, directly below the roof in the uppermost part of a house or other building, generally used for storage or habitation.

  1. n. floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage [syn: loft, garret]

  2. the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens [syn: Classical Greek]

  3. informal terms for a human head [syn: bean, bonce, noodle, noggin, dome]

  4. (architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof

Attic (disambiguation)

An attic is an area under the roof of a house.

Attic may also refer to:

Attic (backup software)

Attic is a Backup system written mostly in Python (some performance critical parts are implemented in C and Cython).


An attic or a loft is a space found directly below the pitched roof of a house or other building (also called garret or sky parlor). As attics fill the space between the ceiling of the top floor of a building and the slanted roof, they are known for being awkwardly shaped spaces with exposed rafters and difficult-to-reach corners.

While some attics are converted into bedrooms or home offices, complete with windows and staircases, most attics remain difficult to access (usually by a loft hatch and ladder), and are generally used for storage.

Attics can also help control temperature in a house by providing a large mass of slowly moving air. Hot air rising from lower floors of a building often gets retained in the attic, further compounding their reputation as inhospitable environments. However, in recent years many attics have been insulated to help decrease heating costs since on average, uninsulated attics account for 15% of the total energy loss in an average house.

Usage examples of "attic".

Bas-relief 8 Lions Frieze, Susa 9 Painted Head from Edessa 10 Cypriote Vase Decoration 11 Attic Grave Painting 12 Muse of Cortona 13 Odyssey Landscape 14 Amphore, Lower Italy 15 Ritual Scene, Palatine Wall painting 16 Portrait, Fayoum, Graf Collection 17 Chamber in Catacombs, with wall decorations 18 Catacomb Fresco, S.

It was a pretty place, furnished with an assortment of furniture she had chosen for herself years ago--a small brass bedstead, a dressing table of yew and a triple mirror she had discovered in the attics.

A bed had been made for him in the attic of the farm, and the view from the window showed only the benty shoulder of a hill.

Exactly, my dear sir, as the radio for ten minutes together projects the most lovely music without regard into the most impossible places, into respectable drawing rooms and attics and into the midst of chattering, guzzling, yawning and sleeping listeners, and exactly as it strips this music of its sensuous beauty, spoils and scratches and beslimes it and yet cannot altogether destroy its spirit, just so does life, the so-called reality, deal with the sublime picture-play of the world and make a hurley-burley of it.

Nice young couple of mortals renovating an old bouse found an ancient box of papers in the attic and brought it to me, pound signs dancing before their eyes.

While Gelsomina sought the key of the door before which they stopped, in the large bunch she carried, the Bravo breathed the hot air of the attic like one who was suffocating.

Gelsomina led the Bravo into an empty room of the attic which commanded a view of the port, the Lido, and the waste of water beyond.

I figured to give Sam three nights to get the owners of his new domicile time to get used to the idea that they had more than mice in their attic, but the very next afternoon a little Italian feller with glasses and an umbrella came calling on me while I was grabbing some expresso at a local streetside cafe.

Tyrone Burke stood near a shut door into a farther attic, almost hidden in the shadows of the great beams, his pistol trained on the rest of the occupants of the dim-lit room: Dominique, Rose, the quadroon maid, and Laurene Houx, all gathered around the unconscious Vivienne.

Usually this basin would be placed close to the wall, just below the malting and drying room in the attic.

And I doubt they would burn it or blow it up if there really is marijuana, or meth, stored in the attic.

As Danielle expected, everything was filed neatly away, and the entire vaulted attic room looked meticulous with nothing out of place.

She showed him also the house that had once been a hotel, now vacant and deteriorating rapidly, in the attic of which he found, among the detritus of yesteryears, a letter once written by Daniel Lyam Montross to the woman who had been the last occupant of the hotel.

Attic, an Alexandrian, an Augustan, a Renaissance Italian, an Elizabethan, a Louis Quatorze, a Queen Anne, a nineteenth century Romantic.

The regiment sent to arrest us surrounded the house, ransacked it from attic to cellar, found nothing, and went away.