barrel vault

noun Architecture.
a vault having the form of a very deep arch.
Also called barrel roof, cradle vault, tunnel vault, wagon roof, wagon vault.


Origin:
1840–50

barrel-vaulted, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To barrel vault
Collins
World English Dictionary
barrel vault
 
n
architect wagon vault, Also called: tunnel vault a vault in the form of a half cylinder

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature