a leaf composed of four leaflets.
Architecture. a panellike ornament composed of four lobes, divided by cusps, radiating from a common center.
- quat·re·foiled, adjective
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How to use quatrefoil in a sentence
On the ground-floor, which was lighted by a row of quatrefoil windows in pointed arches, there were forty-eight rectangular doors.Ypres and the Battles of Ypres | Unknown
On the south, however, the quatrefoil decoration is slightly different.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle | C. King Eley
The mullions, or radii, are all faced with small pillars and capitals, and lined with the dog-toothed quatrefoil.The New Guide to Peterborough Cathedral | George S. Phillips
Above this is an open gallery with very beautiful twisted pillars and quatrefoil piercing in the three arches.Cathedral Cities of Italy | William Wiehe Collins
The windows in the chapels of the chevet are of two lights, with a small quatrefoil pierced in the tympanum above the lights.Some Account of Gothic Architecture in Spain | George Edmund Street
British Dictionary definitions for quatrefoil
a leaf composed of four leaflets
architect a carved ornament having four foils arranged about a common centre, esp one used in tracery
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