Fluting (architecture)

# Fluting (architecture)

Overview
Fluting in architecture refers to the shallow grooves
Groove (joinery)
In joinery, a groove is a slot or trench cut into a member which runs parallel to the grain. A groove is thus differentiated from a dado, which runs across the grain....

running vertically along a surface.
Discussion

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I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she's too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 or 20 years from now she will come to me and say, 'Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet?'.

Luncheon speech given at technology conference, "New Media Technology: True Innovations or Electric Fork?" on February 13, 1996.
Encyclopedia
Fluting in architecture refers to the shallow grooves
Groove (joinery)
In joinery, a groove is a slot or trench cut into a member which runs parallel to the grain. A groove is thus differentiated from a dado, which runs across the grain....

running vertically along a surface.

It typically refers to the grooves running on a column
Column
A column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a vertical structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces...

shaft or a pilaster
Pilaster
A pilaster is a slightly-projecting column built into or applied to the face of a wall. Most commonly flattened or rectangular in form, pilasters can also take a half-round form or the shape of any type of column, including tortile....

, but need not necessarily be restricted to those two applications. If the hollowing out of material meets in a point, the point is called an arris
Arris
Arris is an architectural term that describes the sharp edge formed by the intersection of two surfaces, such as the corner of a masonry unit; the junction between two planes of plaster or any intersection of divergent architectural details...

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If the lower half of the hollowed-out grooves appear to have been re-filled with a cylindrical element, it may be referred to as "Cabled Fluting."