from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A facing or paneling, usually of wood, applied to the walls of a room.
- n. The lower part of an interior wall when finished in a material different from that of the upper part.
- transitive v. To line or panel (a room or wall) with wainscoting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An area of wooden (especially oaken) panelling on the lower part of a room’s walls.
- v. To decorate a wall with a wainscot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Oaken timber or boarding.
- n. A wooden lining or boarding of the walls of apartments, usually made in panels.
- n. Any one of numerous species of European moths of the family Leucanidæ.
- transitive v. To line with boards or panelwork, or as if with panelwork.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine kind of foreign oak-timber, not so liable to cast or warp as English oak, easily worked with tools, and used at first for any kind of paneled work, and afterward in other ways.
- n. A wooden lining or boarding of the walls of apartments, usually made in panels; paneled boards on the walls of rooms. Originally this lining or paneling was made of wainscot-oak.
- n. One of certain noctuid moths: an English collectors' name.
- To line or panel with wainscot: as, to wainscot a hall.
- To line or panel in the manner of wainscoting, with material other than oak, or, more generally, than wood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall
- n. wooden panels that can be used to line the walls of a room
Middle English, from Middle Dutch waghenscot : perhaps waghen, wagen, wagon (from the quality of wood used for carriagework); see wagon + scot, partition; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Low German wagenschot, assumed to be from wagen ("wagon") + schot, believed to mean “partition”. (Wiktionary)