vault Idioms & Phrases


bank vault

  • noun a strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables
    vault.
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Barrel, Cradle, Cylindrical, ∨ Wagon, vault

  • (Arch.), a kind of vault having two parallel abutments, and the same section or profile at all points. It may be rampant, as over a staircase (see Rampant vault, under Rampant), or curved in plan, as around the apse of a church.
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barrel vault

  • noun the simplest form of vault; a single continuous arch
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burial vault

  • noun a burial chamber (usually underground)
    vault.
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Coved vault

  • a vault composed of four coves meeting in a central point, and therefore the reverse of a groined vault.
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cross-vaulting

Cross"-vault`ing noun

Definitions
  1. (Arch.) Vaulting formed by the intersection of two or more simple vaults.
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Cylindrical vault

  • . (Arch.) See under Vault, n.
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Fan vaulting

  • noun an elaborate system of vaulting in which the ribs diverge like fans
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  • (Arch.), an elaborate system of vaulting, in which the ribs diverge somewhat like the rays of a fan, as in Henry VII.'s chapel in Westminster Abbey. It is peculiar to English Gothic.
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Groined vault

  • noun two barrel vaults intersecting at right angles
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  • (Arch.), a vault having groins, that is, one in which different cylindrical surfaces intersect one another, as distinguished from a barrel, or wagon, vault.
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pole vault

  • noun a competition that involves jumping over a high crossbar with the aid of a long pole
    pole vault; pole jump; pole jumping.
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pole vaulting

  • noun a competition that involves jumping over a high crossbar with the aid of a long pole
    pole vault; pole jump; pole jumping.
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Rampant vault

  • (Arch.), a continuous wagon vault, or cradle vault, whose two abutments are located on an inclined planed plane, such as the vault supporting a stairway, or forming the ceiling of a stairway.
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Reins of a vault

  • (Arch.), the parts between the crown andd the spring or abutment, including, and having especial reference to, the loading or filling behind the shell of the vault. The reins are to a vault nearly what the haunches are to an arch, and when a vault gives way by thrusting outward, it is because its reins are not sufficiently filled up.
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Ribbed vault

  • noun vault that resembles a groined vault but has ribbed arches
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  • (Arch.), a vault differing from others in having solid ribs which bear the weight of the vaulted surface. True Gothic vaults are of this character.
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Vault light

  • a partly glazed plate inserted in a pavement or ceiling to admit light to a vault below.
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vault of heaven

  • noun the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
    firmament; welkin; empyrean; sphere; celestial sphere; heavens.
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vaulting horse

  • noun a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
    buck; long horse.
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Wagon vault

  • . (Arch.) See under 1st Vault.
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Wine vault

  • . (a) A vault where wine is stored. (b) A place where wine is served at the bar, or at tables; a dramshop. Dickens.
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