cross vault

or cross-vault

[ kraws-vawlt, kros‐ ]

  1. a vault or ceiling created by the intersection of vaults.

Origin of cross vault

First recorded in 1850–55
  • Also called groin vault .
  • Also cross vault·ing, cross-vault·ing .

Other words from cross vault

  • cross-vaulted, adjective

Words Nearby cross vault Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cross vault in a sentence

  • The date of the first appearance of the cross-vault can hardly have been earlier than the second century B.C.

    History of Ancient Art | Franz von Reber
  • These, and the piers, and the pillars of the nave support the vault, which is a simple cross vault without ribs.

    The Story of Brussels | Ernest Gilliat-Smith