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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, vaulting having ribs projecting below the general surface of the ceiling for support or ornament.


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  • The builders had used rib-vaulting and pointed arches in combination here, and Jack saw in a flash that the two techniques went together perfectly: the grace of the pointed arch was accentuated by the ribs that followed its line.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • But most interesting of all was the discovery that both rib-vaulting and pointed arches featured in Muslim architecture.

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  • Pointed arches and rib-vaulting had been combined here, as they had in the narthex, but it was now clear that the narthex had been a cautious trial for the new technology.

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  • It seemed the builders were using both of the new techniques, rib-vaulting and pointed arches, and the combination was rather striking.

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  • The principle of rib-vaulting was that a ceiling was made of a few strong ribs, with the gaps between the ribs filled in with light material.

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  • They stopped at a tiny village called Lessay, and there Aliena met a monk who vividly remembered a young English mason who had been fascinated by the revolutionary new rib-vaulting in the abbey church.

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  • There are no nervures -- no rib-vaulting, -- and hardly a suggestion of the Gothic as one sees it in the splendid crypt of the Gros Fillers close at hand, except the elaborately intersecting vaults and the heavy columns; but the promenoir above is an astonishing leap in time and art.

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  • However, Jack’s evident appreciation of rib-vaulting pleased the monk, and he told Jack that there was a church at Lessay, not far away, that had rib-vaulting throughout.

    The Pillars of the Earth

  • It’s the piers that hold the building up, especially with rib-vaulting.

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