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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.

Etymologies

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

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