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 (kăt′ər-foil′, kăt′rə-)
1. A representation of a flower with four petals or a leaf with four leaflets, especially in heraldry.
2. Architecture Tracery or an ornament with four foils or lobes.

[Middle English quaterfoile : Old French quatre, four; see quatrain + Old French foil, leaf; see foil2.]


(ˈkætrəˌfɔɪl) or


1. (Botany) a leaf composed of four leaflets
2. (Architecture) architect a carved ornament having four foils arranged about a common centre, esp one used in tracery
[C15: from Old French, from quatre four + -foil leaflet; compare trefoil]


(ˈkæt ərˌfɔɪl, ˈkæ trə-)

1. a leaf composed of four leaflets.
2. an architectural ornament composed of four lobes, separated by cusps, radiating from a common center.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Middle French quatre four + -foil (as in trefoil)]
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Over 30 existing decorative stone and timber features that adorned the original buildings were retained and enhanced, the recurring theme being quatrefoils - clover shaped windows and vents - representing faith, hope, luck and love.
Here, the contrast between a dark interior and the light at the aperture removes all question of recording surface detail: the masonry is erased entirely by shadow, and the eye is drawn to rounded and pointed quatrefoils abstractly illuminated.
Like Gimblett's quatrefoils with their exhilarating colors, these seemingly reductive black-and-white works are also votive objects through which one can access transcendence.
It drew upon castles, cathedrals, cloisters, and skyscrapers: the quatrefoils in the towers and the arched entryway, with its tendrils, rosettes, shields, and flowered capitals; the vaulted ceiling and archways of the front hall and main staircase; gargoyles holding shields; the open loggia flanking the interior courts; and the machicolations and corbels above the entrance and below the top floor.
Sarah Jaeger's bowl-and-plate sets, tureen and teapot solely in celadon-tinged white had generous curving contours and notches in the plates that made them almost quatrefoils while the notches in the squared bowls made a more modest inflection.
This is a lovely silver oval sweetmeat basket, circa 1763, with pierced stars and quatrefoils, embossed beads, shaped gadrooned border and pierced handle.
The rosettes or metal quatrefoils look like stylized four-leaf clovers.
The wide border around the field is composed of alternating cartouches and quatrefoils against dark pink-red arabesque work.
An elaborate Venetian Gothic loggia of ogee arches and quatrefoils in circles served as an entry porch at street level.
The Cardinal's Palace has patterned windows in the entrance hall and stairwell and first floor hall, a rose window with the Cardinal's coat-of-arms at the top of the stairwell (IMAGE 5), figurative single-light windows with tracery and a tall patterned window with quatrefoils containing portrait heads in the oratory, six rectangular patterned windows with small saints' heads and one with the Cardinal's arms in the downstairs common room, and two round windows the dining room.