American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Heraldry Indented along the edge with small curves.
- adj. Having an edge or a margin formed by a series of raised dots: engrailed silver coins.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In heraldry, cut into concave semicircular indents: said of a line and also of the bearing, such as a fesse, bordure, or the like, whose edge is broken in this way: as, a bordure engrailed. Also engreslé.
- adj. heraldry having an edge or border indented with semicircles with points outwards. Usually the saltire and the dexter edge of the border of the shield both have cuts along their entire length the shape of crescent moons.
- n. A European moth, Ectropis crepuscularia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Her.) Indented with small concave curves, as the edge of a bordure, bend, or the like.
- Middle English engreled, from Old French engresle, past participle of engresler, to engrail : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + gresle, slender, tapered (from Latin gracilis). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The posterior half of the wing is the domain of expression of a molecule called engrailed, which is part of the machinery that makes the back half a back half.”
“In half an hour we were at the last crest, in a place where the Turks had dug trenches and stoned up an elaborate outpost of engrailed sangars which on this black new-moon night of our raid were empty.”
“= -- The arms are gules, within a border argent, a cross engrailed or, and are so given by Willis in his _Seals of”
“Abbey, a cross engrailed, and showing the head of a crosier above the shield in the centre.”
“On a chevron engrailed, two lioncels rampant, between as many crescents.”
“On a chevron engrailed, between two crescents, as many lioncels rampant.”
“The coat of the Hobys of Bisham, as correctly given, is "Argent, within a border engrailed sable, three spindles, threaded in fesse, gules.”
“A manuscript ordinary, by Glover, in my possession, contains another, which is somewhat like that on the picture, being -- Argent on a fess engrailed sable, bearing three crosses patées, Gules, as many martlets on the field.”
“In his rude hovel, with all the sublimities of Nature around him, this child of the wilderness looks up to the summits of the Atlas, "with peaky tops engrailed," and immediately thereafter looks down again to attend to the engrailing of his neat five-franc pieces, which can hardly be told from the genuine.”
“Azure a lion rampant or, with a crescent for difference, impaling argent a cross engrailed flory sable between four Cornish choughs proper -- Crest, on a wreath of the colours a Saracen's head full-faced, couped at the shoulders proper, wreathed round the temples and tied or and azure.”
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