tracery


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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 ploughed up to the primary rock of the matter, the two great principles laid down in the twin whaling laws previously quoted, and applied and elucidated by Lord Ellenborough in the above cited case; these two laws touching Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish, I say, will, on reflection, be found the fundamentals of all human jurisprudence; For notwithstanding its complicated tracery of sculpture, the Temple of the Law, like the Temple of the Philistines, has but two props to stand on.
I stretched my limbs, sore and painful from the pricks of the spiny plants, and stared around me at the trees; and, so suddenly that it seemed to jump out of the green tracery about it, my eyes lit upon a black face watching me.
It is a mere skeleton of slender, decaying tree trunks, with neither walls nor a roof; nothing but a tracery of branches and twigs, which the next wintry blast will be very likely to scatter in fragments along the terrace.
A few minutes later we had reached the lodge-gates, a maze of fantastic tracery in wrought iron, with weather-bitten pillars on either side, blotched with lichens, and surmounted by the boars' heads of the Baskervilles.
Away above, on the lofty roof, rank on rank of carved and fretted spires spring high in the air, and through their rich tracery one sees the sky beyond.
He slashed ankle and foot as he received the second kick in mid-air; and, although he slid clear down the slope of deck into the scuppers, he left on the black skin the red tracery of his puppy-needle teeth.
The room into which they entered was a vaulted chamber once nobly ornamented by cunning architects, and still retaining, in its beautiful groined roof and rich stone tracery, choice remnants of its ancient splendour.
Kaa looked carefully till he found a discolored crack in the marble tracery showing a weak spot, made two or three light taps with his head to get the distance, and then lifting up six feet of his body clear of the ground, sent home half a dozen full-power smashing blows, nose-first.
Furniture had been made for it specially, upholstered in beautiful ribbed stuff, made to order, of dull gold colour with a pale blue tracery of arabesques and oval medallions enclosing Rita's monogram, repeated on the backs of chairs and sofas, and on the heavy curtains reaching from ceiling to floor.
Outlined against the clear blue of the sky, he had the appearance of an enormous spider crawling along the tracery of its web.
I went to see this place one very fine winter morning: an Italian sky above, and the air so clear and bright on every side, that even my eyes, which are none of the best, could follow the minute lines and scraps of tracery in distant buildings.
From the roofs and upper stories of these buildings, the spires of city churches and the great cathedral dome were visible, rising up beyond the prison, into the blue sky, and clad in the colour of light summer clouds, and showing in the clear atmosphere their every scrap of tracery and fretwork, and every niche and loophole.