/an"teuh/, n.
a privately supported organization, chartered by Congress in 1935, for the encouragement and advancement of professional and nonprofessional theater.
[A(merican) N(ational) T(heatre and) A(cademy)]

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plural  antas , or  antae 
 in architecture, slightly projecting column at the end of a wall, produced by either a thickening of the wall or attachment of a separate strip. The former type, commonly flanking porches of Greek and Roman temples, is a masonry vestige of the wooden structural posts used to reinforce the brick walls of such early antique temples as the Heraeum of Olympia (c. 600 BC).

      The bases and capitals of these antas were not required to conform to the style, or order, of the temple column. The attached strip anta is commonly found in Renaissance and post-Renaissance styles of architecture influenced by classical antiquity. As a decorative feature, the anta is considered to be the forerunner of the pilaster.

      Columns set in the space between antas, such as those in the temple of Ramses III (Ramses III) at Madīnat Habu, Egypt, are termed “in antis.”

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