from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture A small, circular or crescent-shaped opening in a vaulted roof.
- n. Architecture A crescent-shaped or semicircular space, usually over a door or window, that may contain another window, a sculpture, or a mural.
- n. A fortification that has two projecting faces and two parallel flanks.
- n. A broad, low-lying, typically crescent-shaped mound of sandy or loamy matter that is formed by the wind, especially along the windward side of a lake basin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. See lunettes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fieldwork consisting of two faces, forming a salient angle, and two parallel flanks. See bastion.
- n. A half horseshoe, which lacks the sponge.
- n. A kind of watch crystal which is more than ordinarily flattened in the center; also, a species of convexoconcave lens for spectacles.
- n. A piece of felt to cover the eye of a vicious horse.
- n. Any surface of semicircular or segmental form; especially, the piece of wall between the curves of a vault and its springing line.
- n. An iron shoe at the end of the stock of a gun carriage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fortification, a detached work with flanks, presenting a salient angle to the enemy, intended for the protection of avenues, bridges, and the curtains of fieldworks.
- n. In farriery, a halfhorseshoe, having only the front.
- n. A blinder for the eye of a horse.
- n. In architecture
- n. The aperture formed by the intersection of any vault by a vault of smaller dimensions; particularly, such an aperture in a vaulted ceiling for the admission of light. Of this class are the upper lights of the naves of St. Peter's at Rome and St. Paul's in London.
- n. A small aperture or window, especially if curved or circular, in a roof.
- n. In a glass-furnace, the flue connecting the fire-chamber and the pot-chamber.
- n. A watch-crystal flattened in the center; also, a kind of concavo-convex lens for spectacles.
- n. In archaeology, a crescent ornament made of thin gold and intended as a diadem or gorget, found in ancient tombs of various epochs.
- n. A work of art of such a shape as to fill a lunette, especially a painting or panel of such shape: as, the lunettes of Correggio.
- n. One of the two open loops of steel which constitute the guard of the ordinary fleuret or foil used in fencing.
- n. In artillery, an iron ring at the end of the trail-plate of a gun-carriage, to be placed over the pintle-hook of the limber in limbering up.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a crescent-shaped or circular case of crystal fitted into the monstrance for the purpose of receiving the consecrated host for solemn exposition.
- n. The circular hole in a guillotine in which the neck of the condemned rests.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault
- n. temporary fortification like a detached bastion
French, from Old French lunete, moon-shaped object, diminutive of lune, moon, from Latin lūna; see lune.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French lunette, diminutive of lune ("moon"). (Wiktionary)