American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of decorating, adorning, or embellishing.
- n. The state of being decorated, adorned, or embellished.
- n. Something that decorates or adorns; an embellishment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or process of ornamenting or of producing ornament.
- n. Ornament in general; the whole mass of ornament applied to an object or used in combination: as, the ornamentation of a building.
- n. In zoology, the colors, markings, hairs, spines, etc., on the surface of an animal. It is sometimes distinguished from
sculpture, but properly includes it. The characters of the ornamentation are generally only of specific value (though they may aid in distinguishing groups), owing to the fact that similar ornaments are often found in related species. See cut under Milesia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or art of ornamenting, or the state of being ornamented.
- n. That which ornaments.
- n. The ornaments embellishing an object, collectively.
- n. something used to beautify
- n. the act of adding extraneous decorations to something
- n. the state of being ornamented
“The sixth proposition above stated, that _Gothic ornamentation is nobler than Greek ornamentation_, etc., is therefore sufficiently proved by the acceptance of this one principle, no less important than unassailable.”
“Modern ornamentation is a burlesque of the beautiful, as pitiful as it is costly.”
“Gold ornamentation is to be seen in the rafter work and the entire length of tunnel has 33,345,567,863,426,875,678 stained wooden steps of which five are in need of repair.”
“Writes the author: Manners, here, impose passivity and constraint; ornamentation is taken care of by the oddity of our being served dinner at all in such circumstances.”
“Just before sunset, there was a Hindu temple that had both a nice color scheme (white and yellow), and a simplicity in ornamentation.”
“The entire process of creation of the idols from the collection of clay to the ornamentation is a holy process, supervised by rites and other rituals.”
“These are worn by both sexes and are so worn for the sake of convenience as much as with the idea of ornamentation, for the Negrito has no pocket.”
“The glossator, Aldred, states that the ornamentation was the work of”
“A short and highly ornamental fringed and looped flounce waved grandly out behind from the waist to the level of the knees; and the stomacher recalled the ornamentation of the flounce; and both the stomacher and flounce gave contrasting value to the severe plainness of the skirt, designed to emphasise the quality of the silk.”
“The reason for the divergence of drawing and ornament is doubtless the original motive of ornamentation, which is found in the clan or totem ideas.”
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