Definition of Tracery

1. Noun. Decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs.

Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation
Specialized synonyms: Fan Tracery

Definition of Tracery

1. 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.

Definition of Tracery

1. Noun. (architecture) 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. ¹

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Definition of Tracery

1. ornamental work of interlaced lines [n -ERIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tracery

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tracery (current term)
tracheal branches
tracheal cartilages
tracheal fenestration
tracheal fistula
tracheal glands
tracheal intubation
tracheal lymph nodes

Literary usage of Tracery

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1. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"tracery late in the fourteenth century, Fig. 11 showing what is in a way ... Here also is an admirable instance of solid or panel tracery with which TR. ..."

2. The Gentleman's Magazine (1851)
"The mullions and the tracery in windows of this class are really and essentially but ... And yet there is that in the very beauty of flowing tracery which ..."

3. Gothic Architecture in England: An Analysis of the Origin & Development of by Francis Bond (1906)
"The above classification by no means exhausts the variety of Late Geometrical tracery, and its chronologies must only be taken to be true in a general way ..."

4. A History of Gothic Art in England by Edward Schröder Prior (1900)
"This feeling can be recognized in the " northern "- examples as distinct beside the " southern," even when the tracery scheme is on really identical lines ..."

5. A Text-book of the History of Architecture by Alfred Dwight Foster Hamlin (1909)
"Flowing tracery was, however, a transitional phase of design, and was soon superseded by Perpendicular tracery, in which the mullions were carried through ..."

6. A History of Architectural Development by Frederick Moore Simpson (1909)
"34. tracery is of the kind known as " plate," which is composed of circles, ... Bar " tracery, as it is sometimes called, in which the design is worked in ..."

7. A History of Architecture in All Countries, from the Earliest Times to the by James Fergusson (1893)
"The poetry of tracery was gone, but it was not only in this respect that we miss the ... Their tracery became so delicate and so unconstructive that it is a ..."

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