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barrel vault

noun

, Architecture.
  1. a vault having the form of a very deep arch.


barrel vault

noun

  1. architect a vault in the form of a half cylinder Also calledwagon vaulttunnel vault


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Other Words From

  • barrel-vaulted adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of barrel vault1

First recorded in 1840–50
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Example Sentences

Forty-eight columns with Byzantine and Greek capitals support the brick barrel vault of the nave.

The height of the interior, from the floor to the centre of the barrel-vault of the nave, is a little over seventy feet.

The nave of the church has a pointed barrel vault, and the aisles half-barrel vaults, but all the cross arches are semi-circular.

Sometimes the ceilings were horizontal, sometimes canted on two sides, and sometimes they take the form of a barrel-vault.

They were a variant of the barrel vault of the region preferred because less material was required.

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