from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A skylight, or any beveled aperture made in the wall of an apartment or in a roof, for the better admission of light from above.
- n. A sloping, box-like structure, flaring upward and open at the top, attached to a window on the outside, to prevent those within from seeing objects below, or for the purpose of directing light downward into the window.
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Read on ... abat-jour (ahbah-joohr) noun, masculine
Regretfully Silk let down the movable section of the abat-jour, retrieved his horsehair rope, and untied the rough limb that had served him so well.
Circuitous though it seemed, removing panes from the abat-jour might actually be a more prudent approach.
He had removed the green _abat-jour_, for the candle-shades (as they sometimes will) were performing their office.