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noun Architecture.
  1. an ornamental vaulting rib other than one springing from a pier or a ridge rib.
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Origin of lierne

1835–45; < French: binding timber, equivalent to li(er) to bind (< Latin ligāre) + -erne < ?
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Historical Examples of lierne

  • The lierne vault is very fine, and the bosses carved with beautiful foliage.

    The Cathedrals of Great Britain

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for lierne


  1. architect a short secondary rib that connects the intersections of the primary ribs, esp as used in Gothic vaulting
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Word Origin for lierne

C19: from French, perhaps related to lier to bind
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