from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subordinate rib used in Gothic vaulting to connect the intersections and bosses of the primary ribs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, any rib in vaulting that does not rise from the impost, and is not a ridge-rib, but passes from a boss or intersection of the principal ribs to other secondary ribs. Vaults in which such ribs are employed are called lierne vaults.


French, from lier, to bind, from Old French; see liable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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