- an ornamental vaulting rib other than one springing from a pier or a ridge rib.
Origin of lierne
1835–45; < French: binding timber, equivalent to li(er) to bind (< Latin ligāre) + -erne < ?
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Examples from the Web for lierne
The lierne vault is very fine, and the bosses carved with beautiful foliage.
Perpendicular windows have been inserted in south and west walls, and the lierne vaulting belongs to the same period.
To the north of this screen is a rather late Gothic chapel with apse of three sides and lierne vaulting.The Shores of the Adriatic
F. Hamilton Jackson
The vaulting is lierne vaulting, with short ribs, which connect the main ribs together.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]
H. J. L. J. Mass
- architect a short secondary rib that connects the intersections of the primary ribs, esp as used in Gothic vaulting
C19: from French, perhaps related to lier to bind
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