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n. pl. tri·fo·ri·a (-fôr′ē-ə) Architecture
An arcaded gallery above the side-aisle arches and below the clerestory of a church.

[Medieval Latin, a gallery in Canterbury Cathedral (later taken to mean "with three openings").]
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n, pl -ria (-rɪə)
(Architecture) an arcade above the arches of the nave, choir, or transept of a church
[C18: from Anglo-Latin, apparently from Latin tri- + foris a doorway; referring to the fact that each bay characteristically had three openings]
triˈforial adj
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(traɪˈfɔr i əm, -ˈfoʊr-)

n., pl. -fo•ri•a (-ˈfɔr i ə, -ˈfoʊr-)
the wall above the arches of the nave or choir of a church and below the clerestory, often having a blind arcade or opening into a gallery.
[1695–1705; < Anglo-Latin; Medieval Latin triforium kind of gallery, literally, something with three openings]
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[traɪˈfɔːrɪəm] N (triforia (pl)) [traɪˈfɔːrɪə]triforio m
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Until this summer, the triforium was an unused space in Westminster Abbey.
His ingenuity places much pressure on the prismatic effect of such words as "strabismus," "tragomaschality," "triforium," "erythroglot," and "metanairesis," whose preciosity and difficulty add to the poem's lyric drive.
Similar connections are made in the fourteenth station; Jesus is laid in the tomb by Leni Diner Dothan, in the quiet, dark triforium of the Temple Church.
The art exhibition, hosted by invitation at the 12th Century Triforium of London's Temple Church, advocates One Tacloban's harnessed capacity campaign aimed at promoting Tacloban's immense talents, skill and potential to the rest of the world.
The area is currently being excavated during work to transform part of the 13thcentury Triforium into a new viewing and gallery area that will be open to the public for the first time.
By this time the walls of St Mary's had risen to a height of thirty-nine feet above the foundations and included all the main arches and piers of the nave, choir, transepts and lady chapel at a total cost of 53,540 [pounds sterling]; the newly contracted masonry work would further raise the walls to the triforium level and complete the walls and parapets of the aisles.
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It took much planning and an elevated camera high in the Triforium and as the sun invigorated the mason's marks in the stone I saw it happen, as the Saxon stone was sun-kissed for a brief moment and then cast into darkness.
One of the most moving parts of the ceremony was when petals were dropped from the cathedral's triforium as the orchestra played Abide With Me and The Last Post was played by a trumpeter.
The dependence of horizontal shifts of the upper observed points placed in the pillars in the triforium level of St.
John the Divine in New York, which will get $30,000 for the restoration of blue-stone triforium roofs; Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in Brooklyn, which will get $25,000 for copper dome and roof restoration; and Calvary Presbyterian Church in Staten Island, which will get $25,000 for restoration of stained glass.