from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A grooved timber in which something slides.
- n. A section of stage scenery placed in a wing of a theatre.
- n. The space between such pieces of scenery, through which an actor can make an entrance or exit.
- n. A backstage area in a theater.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a piece of timber having a groove in which something glides
- n. a side scene of the stage in a theater or the space between the side scenes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A piece of timber having a groove in which something glides.
- n. One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
- n. A fluting in a sword blade.
- n. The outside stock exchange, or “curb market,” of Paris.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of channeled or grooved timber, as one of the slides in which the side scenes of a theater run, the upright post of a flood-gate or sluice, etc. See cullis.
- n. Hence One of the side scenes of the stage in a theater, or the space included between the side scenes.
- n. A flute or groove on the blade of a sword.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flat situated in the wings
- n. a timber member grooved to take a sliding panel
French, from Old French (porte) couleice, sliding door; see portcullis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French (Wiktionary)