American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A metal cup, often suspended on a pole, containing burning oil or pitch and used as a torch.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cup of any incombustible material mounted upon a pole or suspended from above, and serving to contain a light often made by the burning of a coil of pitched rope. Compare beacon.
- n. An iron frame used by coopers in heating barrels, to clear the inside and make the staves flexible.
- n. A kitchen utensil for setting a pot-over the fire.
- n. A chafer or small portable furnace upon which a dish can be set to be kept hot.
- n. A metal cup, suspended from a pole and filled with burning pitch etc; once used as portable illumination.
- n. A small furnace or iron cage to hold fire for charring the inside of a cask, and making the staves flexible.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An open frame or basket of iron, filled with combustible material, to be burned as a beacon; an open lamp or firrepan carried on a pole in nocturnal processions.
- n. (Coopering) A small furnace or iron cage to hold fire for charring the inside of a cask, and making the staves flexible.
- Old French crasset, cresset ("sort of lamp or torch"); perhaps of Old Dutch or Old High German origin, and akin to English cruse, French creuset ("crucible"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, alteration of croisuel, probably from Vulgar Latin *croceolus, small lamp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The lantern, a kind of cresset protected by a wire globe, was suspended from the roof by a string.”
“The leaves of the square-stemmed figwort, which they called 'cresset' or 'cressil,' were occasionally placed on a sore; and the yarrow -- locally 'yarra' -- was yet held in estimation as a salve or ointment.”
“a "cresset," the flames of which were fed with "scrap," which blazed brilliantly, throwing a big glare over all the ship.”
“Frenzill climbed the stone stairs out into the cool evening, hung the cresset back upon its hook next to the keys, and slowly walked back to the House of Fine Spirits.”
“Dodging them, Frenzill slipped inside the gaol's back entrance and fumbled the cresset from the wall.”
“Here the mock Caliph landed and, mounting the mule, rode away with his courtiers and his cup-companions preceded by the cresset-bearers crying aloud, and followed by his household which busied itself in his service.”
“And they sighted in the stern another man, clad like the first and bearing a like cresset, and in the barge were two hundred white slaves, standing ranged to the right and left; and in the middle a throne of red gold, whereon sat a handsome young man, like the moon, clad in a dress of black, embroidered with yellow gold.”
“Khalifah the Fisherman, naked and wrapped in the net; and indeed he was horrible to behold, as to and fro he rolled with eyes for very redness like cresset-gleam and dusty hair in dishevelled trim, as he were an Ifrit or a lion grim.”
“Hardly had dawned the day when there arose a great cloud of dust which presently lifting, discovered seven hundred mules laden with stuffs and attended by muleteers and baggage-tenders and cresset-bearers.”
“Here and there, a coal fire in an iron cresset blazed upon a wharf; but, one knew that it too had been black a little while ago, and would be black again soon.”
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