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Meaning of TRACERY

Pronunciation:  'treysuree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs

TRACERY is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 See Also: decoration, fan tracery, ornament, ornamentation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tra"cer*y\, n.
    A tracing of lines; a system of lines produced by, or as if
    by, tracing, esp. when interweaving or branching out in
    ornamental or graceful figures. ``Knit with curious
    tracery.'' --Burns.
  2. \Tra"cer/y\, n.; pl. {Traceries} (Arch.)
    Ornamental work with rambled lines. Especially:
    (a) The decorative head of a Gothic window.
    Note: Window tracery is of two sorts, plate tracery and bar
          tracery. Plate tracery, common in Italy, consists of a
          series of ornamental patterns cut through a flat plate
          of stone. Bar tracery is a decorative pattern formed by
          the curves and intersections of the molded bars of the
          mullions. Window tracery is imitated in many decorative
          objects, as panels of wood or metal either pierced or
          in relief. See also Stump tracery under {Stump}, and
          Fan tracery under {Fan}.
    (b) A similar decoration in some styles of vaulting, the ribs
        of the vault giving off the minor bars of which the
        tracery is composed.