cross vault

or cross-vault

[ kraws-vawlt, kros‐ ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌvɔlt, ˈkrɒs‐ /

noun Architecture.

a vault or ceiling created by the intersection of vaults.

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Also cross vault·ing, cross-vault·ing .
Also called groin vault .

Origin of cross vault

First recorded in 1850–55

OTHER WORDS FROM cross vault

cross-vaulted, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for cross vault

  • 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