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fan vault

Syllabification: fan vault

Definition of fan vault in English:

noun

Architecture
A type of vault consisting of a set of concave ribs spreading out from a central point like the ribs of an opened umbrella, used especially in the English Perpendicular style.
Example sentences
  • Inside is a fan vault of 1529, an especially fine roof, and monuments to the second and third dukes of York of 1573.
  • Decoration was now concentrated English-style in roof vaulting, culminating in the fan vaults of Hereford's chapter house (now destroyed) and the cloisters at Gloucester, which were built after 1351.
  • The chapel is noted for its fine carving and fan vaults. ... These fan vaults once had hanging pendants. Traces of paint are still visible on some of them.

Derivatives

fan vaulting

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noun
Example sentences
  • Inside the Abbey, the stained glass windows enchanted us, the delicate fan vaulting of the ceiling, and the museum in the basement.
  • St George's chapel, Windsor - which has long served as the last resting place of sovereigns - was begun by Edward IV in 1475 and is notable for its fan vaulting, monuments, stalls, and stained glass.
  • Begun about 1475 it was completed some fifty years later, and was funded partly by the royal purse and partly by Knights of the Garter whose arms figure in its fan vaulting.

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