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Letter "V" Glossary

vault - A ceiling or roof constructed of brick or stone built on the principal of the round or pointed arch designed to transmit outward and downward thrust along structural members such as columns, piers and buttresses. Major vault types include barrel or tunnel vaults, groin vaults and rib vaults.

vellum - Translucent or opaque sheets prepared from calf which has been limed, depilated, scraped, and dried under tension to produce a thin, strong material for writing, bookbinding, or other uses. Of finer quality than "parchment"

vestry - Boards of appointed or elected laypeople who are in charge of the temporal administration of parishes.

voussoir - Cut or dressed stone blocks that form an arch or vault.

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