follow Dictionary.com

8 Words That Are Older Than You Think

barrel vault

noun, Architecture
1.
a vault having the form of a very deep arch.
Also called barrel roof, cradle vault, tunnel vault, wagon roof, wagon vault.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
Related forms
barrel-vaulted, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for barrel vault
  • The sewer's barrel vault clearly reaches into the darkness beyond-one wonders how far.
  • The interior consists of a barrel vault with a box at the rear which contains two rows of rectangular plaques naming the deceased.
  • The building currently contains barrel vault ceilings and carved wood columns.
  • The random rubble limestone walls of the tall barrel vault forming the fort are pierced by loopholes.
British Dictionary definitions for barrel vault

barrel vault

noun
1.
(architect) a vault in the form of a half cylinder Also called wagon vault, tunnel vault
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for barrel vault

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for barrel

8
10
Scrabble Words With Friends