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 for Ribbed vault
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vault \Vault\ (v[add]lt; see Note, below), n. [OE. voute, OF.
     voute, volte, F. vo[^u]te, LL. volta, for voluta, volutio,
     fr. L. volvere, volutum, to roll, to turn about. See
     Voluble, and cf. Vault a leap, Volt a turn, Volute.]
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     1. (Arch.) An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling
        or canopy.
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              The long-drawn aisle and fretted vault. --Gray.
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     2. An arched apartment; especially, a subterranean room, used
        for storing articles, for a prison, for interment, or the
        like; a cell; a cellar. "Charnel vaults." --Milton.
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              The silent vaults of death.           --Sandys.
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              To banish rats that haunt our vault.  --Swift.
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     3. The canopy of heaven; the sky.
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              That heaven's vault should crack.     --Shak.
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     4. [F. volte, It. volta, originally, a turn, and the same
        word as volta an arch. See the Etymology above.] A leap or
        bound. Specifically:
        (a) (Man.) The bound or leap of a horse; a curvet.
        (b) A leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard,
            or the like.
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     Note: The l in this word was formerly often suppressed in
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     Barrel vault, Cradle vault, Cylindrical vault, or
     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.
     Coved vault. (Arch.) See under 1st Cove, v. t.
     Groined vault (Arch.), a vault having groins, that is, one
        in which different cylindrical surfaces intersect one
        another, as distinguished from a barrel, or wagon, vault.
     Rampant vault. (Arch.) See under Rampant.
     Ribbed vault (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.
     Vault light, a partly glazed plate inserted in a pavement
        or ceiling to admit light to a vault below.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ribbed vault
      n 1: vault that resembles a groined vault but has ribbed arches

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