AskDefine | Define tracery

Dictionary Definition

tracery n : decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs

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  1. bars or ribs, usually of stone or wood, or other material, that subdivide an opening or stand in relief against a door or wall as an ornamental feature.

Extensive Definition

Tracery is a series of intersecting ribs used in Gothic architecture, especially windows and, in the Perpendicular Gothic style, vaulting.
Tracery is the stonework used to support the glass in a stained glass window. When used in windows, it is usually supported by carved vertical shafts. However, it is also used in circular rose windows, where there are no supporting shafts, unless they form a separate window underneath. Unusually, though, Lichfield Cathedral's nave clerestory has rose windows which take the form of triangles with curved sides.
tracery in Catalan: Traceria
tracery in Czech: Kružba
tracery in German: Maßwerk
tracery in Spanish: Tracería
tracery in Persian: توری‌کاری
tracery in French: Tracerie
tracery in Galician: Trazaría
tracery in Hungarian: Mérmű
tracery in Dutch: Maaswerk
tracery in Polish: Maswerk
tracery in Portuguese: Traceria
tracery in Swedish: Masverk

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