from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The architectural facing or ornamental work over and around a fireplace, resting against the chimney; a mantel or mantelpiece.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Arch.), Chiefly Brit. A decorative construction around the opening of a fireplace; also, the shelf that projects from wall above fireplace;
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun shelf that projects from wall above fireplace
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I bequeath to her the two candlesticks which stand on the chimney-piece.
Jean Valjean set the two candlesticks on the chimney-piece, where they glittered to the great admiration of Toussaint.
He lighted two perfectly fresh wax candles which figured on the chimney-piece.
He seized the candle in his fist, and set it on the chimney-piece with so violent a bang that the wick came near being extinguished, and the tallow bespattered the wall.
He wheeled round towards a bust of M. le Duc de Berry, which stood on the chimney-piece, and made a profound bow, with a sort of peculiar majesty.
Hold! take this door! this grating! this penthouse! this chimney-piece! this broken brazier! this cracked pot!
The jars on the chimney-piece were filled with lauristina, and bunches of mountain-ash.
As the weather permitted, Mrs. Alice sat duly remote from the company in a FAUTEUIL behind the projecting chimney-piece, or in the embrasure of a window, and prosecuted in Carthusian silence, with indefatigable zeal, a piece of embroidery, which seemed no bad emblem of eternity.
Mr Meadows, who was now intently surveying a painting that was over the chimney-piece, seemed of to hear this question, but presently called out
On the chimney-piece, he set a little figure in Saxe porcelain, carrying a muff against her nude stomach.