Definitions for lancet window
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word lancet window
a narrow window having a lancet arch and without tracery
A lancet window is a tall, narrow window with a pointed arch at its top. It acquired the "lancet" name from its resemblance to a lance. Instances of this architectural motif are typical of Gothic ecclesiastical structures of the earliest period. Lancet windows may occur singly, or paired under a single moulding, or grouped in an odd number with the tallest window at the centre. The motif first appeared in the French early-Gothic period and later in the English period of Gothic architecture. So common was the lancet window feature that this era is sometimes known as the "Lancet Period". The term "lancet window" is properly applied to windows of austere form, without tracery. Paired windows were sometimes surmounted by a simple opening such as a quatrefoil cut in plate tracery. This form gave way to the more ornate, multi-light traceried windowed.
Find a translation for the lancet window definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these lancet window definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"lancet window." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 29 Aug. 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/lancet window>.