rib vault


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rib vault

n.
A vault in which the surface is divided into webs by a framework of diagonal arched ribs. Also called ribbed vault.
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Each bay is vaulted by a rib vault of roughly spherical shape as is seen in Figure 2.
From the simplest barrel vaults to the most sophisticated rib vaults, the architect has always aspired to combine durability, utility and beauty (Vitruvius).