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tracery
exterior view of the rose window at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame
Paris, France

trac·er·y

 (trā′sə-rē)
n. pl. trac·er·ies
Ornamental work of interlaced and branching lines, especially the lacy openwork in a Gothic window.

[From trace.]

trac′er·ied adj.

tracery

(ˈtreɪsərɪ)
n, pl -eries
1. (Architecture) a pattern of interlacing ribs, esp as used in the upper part of a Gothic window, etc
2. any fine pattern resembling this
ˈtraceried adj

trac•er•y

(ˈtreɪ sə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. ornamental work consisting of ramified ribs, bars, or the like, as in the upper part of a Gothic window, in panels, screens, etc.
2. any delicate, interlacing work of lines, threads, etc., as in carving or embroidery; network.
[1660–70]

tracery

ornamental work, composed of fine, interlaced ribbing or the like, used in windows, sereens, etc.
See also: Ornamentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tracery - decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribstracery - decoration consisting of an open pattern of interlacing ribs
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
fan tracery - the carved tracery on fan vaulting
Translations

tracery

[ˈtreɪsərɪ] Ntracería f

tracery

n (Archit) → Maßwerk nt; (= pattern: of threads, branches etc) → Filigranmuster nt

tracery

[ˈtreɪsrɪ] n (of frost) → disegno
References in classic literature ?
But Fisher was still staring in an absent fashion at the golden gigantic figures and traceries of brown and red in the tapestries on the walls; then he looked again at Verner and resumed: "I have a feeling that this interview has happened before, here in this tapestried room, and we are two ghosts revisiting a haunted chamber.
The maiden's gown was soft as satin and fell about her in ample folds, while dainty lace-like traceries trimmed the bodice and sleeves.
The sun shining slantwise through the trees threw delicate traceries across the road, with bars of golden light between.
But it was a place of wonder on a moonlight night, when the snowy arcades shone like avenues of ivory and crystal, and the bare trees cast fairy-like traceries upon them.
For a long way out the sea was frozen, and then there was a deep blue line, and a cluster of motionless orange sails; at our feet a narrow strip of pale yellow sand; right and left the line of sparkling forest; and we ourselves standing in a world of white and diamond traceries.
Dozens of time-worn window traceries and blocks at the Old Grammar School, in Hales Street, are being repaired or replaced.
The work involves replacing some of the stones and traceries around the windows as well as a number of metal rods holding the stonework in place, which have been eroded by water.