Definitions

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

  • n. Ornamental work of interlaced and branching lines, especially the lacy openwork in a Gothic window.

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  • n. bars or ribs, usually of stone or wood, or other material, that subdivide an opening or stand in relief against a door or wall as an ornamental feature.

Etymologies

From trace1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Those scars had long ago become a part of her, a thin tracery of lines that spoke of a history, a past.

    Excerpt - Bonds of Justice

  • Between this rib and the tracery is another rib springing on the north side from a bunch of foliage and on the south from a grotesque corbel.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon A Short History of the Church and a Description of Its Fabric

  • In the tracery are the evangelistic symbols and the four fathers of the Latin church -- St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and St. Gregory; and in the window which divides the chantry from the Ante-chapel is to be seen the Annunciation, with, on the one side, St. Ursula and the eleven thousand virgins, and St. Christopher with the infant Jesus; on the other, St. Anne with the

    A Short Account of King's College Chapel

  • Above these windows is a large rose window of "plate tracery" -- tracery, that is to say, in its earlier form, in which the openings for the glass appear to have been cut out of the stone rather than the stone to have been added as a frame for the glass.

    The Cathedral Church of York Bell's Cathedrals: A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Archi-Episcopal See

  • Those same lips that had been so insistent a few moments earlier were now like gossamer wings, making a kind of tracery over her smooth skin.

    Give Us Forever

  • The tracery of this window is in good preservation, and is one of the most favourable examples of a kind of tracery developed in Scotland during the fifteenth century.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys

  • There, a sense of openness and light prevails, as towering French doors pierce the pale stone walls so that the intervening pilasters appear like delicate tracery between the broad expanses of glass.

    Beware of Catching the King's Eye

  • And should the roll of the “faithful” increase or diminish; should her fortunes ebb or flow; should the warm tracery of sunlight caress her face, or the cold darkness of night press her sore, He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • As evening thinned, the lanes cooled with clear sky seen through dark, pointed tracery of ash-tree leaves.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge

  • Or is it like lacy fretwork - tracery bracket & buzz saw

    Many Morning

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