Definition of tracery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrās(ə)rē/

noun (plural traceries)

1Ornamental stone openwork, typically in the upper part of a Gothic window.
Example sentences
  • The main medieval style in western Europe, characterized by the pointed arch, slender columns and shafts, buttresses, pinnacles, and increasingly complex ceiling vaulting and window tracery.
  • In addition, the top areas of the main windows are decorated with stone tracery describing trefoils, quatrefoils and Moorish arches.
  • The result incorporates a visible seismic infrastructure with shapes that reflect the traditional Gothic tracery.
1.1A delicate branching pattern: a tracery of red veins
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  • Beneath them they saw delicate traceries of red and realized that only inches below their feet the molten lava of Hawaii ran in its broken arteries.
  • Their trunks, though smaller, had delicate and fine traceries of bark, showing an age far beyond their size.
  • The delicate traceries of individual drawings mingle and tangle with each other, creating labyrinths of wings, teeth and sinewy limbs.



Example sentences
  • Rows of minute traceried windows are topped by projecting open canopies, while the towers are topped by polygonal miniature lamps.
  • Traditional statuettes of saints stand under vaulted, traceried canopies.
  • The second level door has traceried sidelights and a fantail with decorative molding above the door.
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