In architecture, branching, ornamental stonework, generally in a window, where it supports the glass. Tracery is particularly characteristic of Gothic architecture.

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  • Tracery — Tra cer/y, n.; pl. {Traceries} (Arch.) 1. Ornamental work with rambled lines. Especially: (a) The decorative head of a Gothic window. [1913 Webster] Note: Window tracery is of two sorts, plate tracery and bar tracery. Plate tracery, common in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • tracery — (n.) mid 15c., a place for drawing, formed in English from TRACE (Cf. trace) (v.) + ERY (Cf. ery). Architectural sense, in reference to intersecting rib work in the upper part of a gothic window, is attested from 1660s. Introduced by Wren, who… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tracery — Raised work in Honiton bobbin lace …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • tracery — ► NOUN (pl. traceries) 1) Architecture ornamental stone openwork. 2) a delicate branching pattern. DERIVATIVES traceried adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • tracery — [trās′ər ē] n. pl. traceries [< TRACE1 + ERY] ornamental work of interlacing or branching lines, as in a Gothic window, some kinds of embroidery, etc …   English World dictionary

  • tracery — /tray seuh ree/, n., pl. traceries. 1. ornamental work consisting of ramified ribs, bars, or the like, as in the upper part of a Gothic window, in panels, screens, etc. 2. any delicate, interlacing work of lines, threads, etc., as in carving or… …   Universalium

  • Tracery —    Gothic ornamental stonework carved to form geometric patterns, most commonly trefoils and quatrefoils. In the earliest examples of Gothic architecture, tracery was confined mainly to the upper parts of pointed windows. In later Gothic… …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • Tracery — the ornamental intersecting stonework in the upper part of a window, screen or panel Stone openwork pattern in head of Gothic window, screen, etc. (Wood, Margaret. The English Medieval House, 415) Related terms: Tracery, Plate, Tracery, Bar …   Medieval glossary

  • tracery — UK [ˈtreɪsərɪ] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms tracery : singular tracery plural traceries a) a pattern of curving lines in the stone above a church window b) a pattern made by narrow lines or objects crossing each other …   English dictionary

  • tracery — noun (plural eries) Date: 1669 1. architectural ornamental work with branching lines; especially decorative openwork in the head of a Gothic window 2. a decorative interlacing of lines suggestive of Gothic tracery • traceried adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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