Architecture / Non-corresponding Terms

While building our Architecture Glossary it became apparent some terms had definitions which created confusion when tooltips were used. For instance, the indefinite article “an” never meant Chinese nunnery in the context it appeared. Having this tooltip appear several thousand times did not expand knowledge about this term, and rather distracted from other tooltips and terms that were more valid. Now, a case could be made that it is important to build awareness of all of these terms with multiple meanings. We made the editorial decision, however, to omit these terms and definitions that clearly never corresponded with the meaning in the context they appeared.


an – A Chinese nunnery.
or – Heraldic term for the color gold.
to – A type of Japanese pagoda of two (taho-to), three (sanju-no-to), five (goju-no-to), or seven (nana-ju-no-to) stories which enshrines Buddhist holy relics. In Japan these are usually square, but the taho-to differs in that it has a stupa-like round protuberance above the lower square roof which, in turn, carries a cylindrical railed section crowned by a square roof bearing a sorin (as do all other multistoried pagodas).

that – A Siamese stupa.
with – A partition, brick width thick, in brickwork, as between chimney flues or half a cavity wall.