American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The upper part of the nave, transepts, and choir of a church, containing windows.
- n. An upper portion of a wall containing windows for supplying natural light to a building.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See clearstory.
- n. architecture the upper part of a wall containing windows to let in natural light to a building, especially in the nave, transept and choir of a church or cathedral
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as clearstory.
- n. part of an interior wall rising above the adjacent roof with windows admitting light
- Middle English clerestorie : perhaps cler, giving light, clear; see clear + storie, tier; see story2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I thought the term clerestory window was pronounced like cler-est-or-eee.”
“The eastern part of the clerestory is a modern reproduction of that which superseded Rahere's; but, with this exception, the interior of the choir was probably much the same originally as it is”
“This applies only to the windows in the aisle; those in the triforium are of three lights, similar to those removed from the aisle; and those in the clerestory are the original Norman, just as on the north side.”
“There are two small windows in the west wall to light the wall passage to the clerestory, which is reached by a gallery running across the base of the north window.”
“Without staying to examine the whole structure of a basilica, the reader will easily understand thus much of it: that it had a nave and two aisles, the nave much higher than the aisles; that the nave was separated from the aisles by rows of shafts, which supported, above, large spaces of flat or dead wall, rising above the aisles, and forming the upper part of the nave, now called the clerestory, which had a gabled wooden roof.”
“Barbara Karant Glade House Lake Forest, Ill. Frederick Phillips and Associates This 3,200-square-foot house outside Chicago mixes traditional features -- cedar shingle siding, regularly-spaced vertical windows and gabled roofs -- with modern touches such as clerestory windows and an open-plan interior.”
“The 'clerestory' of the sixteenth century is full of painted glass.”
“The window openings enclosed the magnificent views of the cliffs and the clerestory windows brought softened light.”
“One is of the Miracle of the loaves and fishes from the top register of the nave wall (above the clerestory windows) of Sant 'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, ca. 504.”
“On the opposite side of the courtyard, the master suite has a clerestory of unobstructed glass that brings daylight into the rooms from the central sky lit courtyard.”
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