American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Material that hangs in a window or other opening as a decoration, shade, or screen.
- n. Something that functions as or resembles a screen, cover, or barrier: the curtain of mist before the mountain; a heavy curtain of artillery fire.
- n. The movable screen or drape in a theater or hall that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop.
- n. The rising or opening of a theater curtain at the beginning of a performance or act.
- n. The time at which a theatrical performance begins or is scheduled to begin.
- n. The fall or closing of a theater curtain at the end of a performance or act.
- n. The concluding line, speech, or scene of a play or act.
- n. The part of a rampart or parapet connecting two bastions or gates.
- n. Architecture A curtain wall.
- n. Slang The end.
- n. Slang Absolute ruin: "If the employee doesn't shape up, it's curtains” ( Business Week).
- n. Slang Death.
- v. To provide (something) with or as if with a curtain.
- v. To shut off (something) with or as if with a curtain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hanging screen of a textile fabric (or rarely of leather) used to close an opening, as a doorway or an alcove, to shut out the light from a window, and for similar purposes. See blind, shade, portière, lambrequin; also altar-curtain and hanging. Specifically— The large sheet of stuff used to inclose and conceal the stage in a theater. It is usually attached to a roller by its loose extremity, and is withdrawn by rolling it up from below. Hangings of stuff used at the windows of inhabited rooms: sometimes fixed at top, and capable of being looped up below; sometimes secured at top to rings which run on a rod, and therefore capable of being withdrawn toward the sides.
- n. Hangings used to shut in or screen a bedstead.
- n. Hence Whatever covers or conceals like a curtain or hangings.
- n. One of the movable pieces of canvas or other material forming a tent.
- n. In fortification, that part of a rampart which is between the flanks of two bastions or between two towers or gates, and bordered with a parapet, behind which the soldiers stand to fire on the covered way and into the moat. See cuts under bastion and crown-work.
- n. An ensign or flag.
- n. In mycology, same as cortina.
- n. A plate in a lock designed to fall over the keyhole as a mask to prevent tampering with the lock.
- n. The leaden plate which divides into compartments the large leaden chamber in which sulphuric acid is produced by the oxidation of sulphurous compounds in the ordinary process of manufacture.
- To inclose with or as with curtains; furnish or provide with curtains.
- n. In hydraul. engm., a woven fabric of brushwood or withes, such as branches of willows, placed in a stream to retard the current and permit the deposition of silt, or to compel scour and remove it.
- n. A vertical fold of the mantle within the margins of the valves of certain pelecypods (the pectens).
- n. In architecture, a wall which serves as an inclosure rather than as a support. Thus the wall beneath a large window, as in a church, or that between two buttresses which carry the vault and roof without its assistance, is a curtain.
- n. A piece of cloth covering a window to keep the sun from shining inside.
- n. A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.
- n. fortifications The flat area of wall which connects two bastions or towers; the main area of a fortified wall.
- n. euphemistic death
- v. To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage.
- n. (Fort.) That part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See
Illustrationsof Ravelin and Bastion.
- n. (Arch.) That part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc.
- n. obsolete A flag; an ensign; -- in contempt.
- v. To inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains.
- n. any barrier to communication or vision
- v. provide with drapery
- n. hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
- From Old French cortine, from Latin cortina. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cortine, from Old French, from Late Latin cōrtīna, from Latin cōrs, cōrt-, variant of cohors, court; see court. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term iron curtain was used in this sense as early as 1920, and Churchill had used it earlier in a telegram to President Harry Truman, May 12, 1945: An iron curtain is drawn down upon their front.”
“Designed by Bauke Knottnerus this curtain is a great piece of conversation, that can also create the illusion of more space in any room.”
“As the curtain is about to go up on ActII – The Indictments, one awaits the destiny of whomsoever of the WHIGs is a mendacious warmonger.”
“When the young girl stepped forward there was that awed hush in the room which usually falls upon an attentive audience when the curtain is about to rise on the crucial act of a dramatic play.”
“Talking with a person behind a curtain is a very different thing from talking face to face.”
“The shower curtain is white with huge orange and olive spots, and the shower curtain hooks are decorated with pink and orange balls.”
“THE curtain is rung down on an illusion, but it rises again on another, this time, as before, with the look of the absolute Good and True upon it.”
“Either way, though, my shower curtain is holding up so far, and no new tears have occurred to date.”
“My vinyl shower curtain is covered in mildew right now and cleaning it is the last thing in the world on my list of Things to Do.”
“Despite Wednesday's loss to the New York Yankees, they stand a game away from the Fall Classic and the man behind curtain is Big Tex.”
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Words in the Bible evoking biblical stories or with special spiritual meaning. Proper names have been reduced to the minimum.
Endings, results, and pinnacles. The ideal here is to somehow imply the paradoxical concept of "after-endings".
Okay, I admit it. I made a list of words my daughter knew when she was two years old.
Very basic words for ESL students.
Shamelessly ripped off from this site and others (to be named hereinafter). (Fair warning: for my own edification, I may add definitions/comments from the site, but you might want to just go there ...
Just another arbitrary list of words that come up for me today, June 20 2007
Looking for tweets for curtain.