from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A piece of fabric or other material that hangs in a window or open space as a decoration, shade, screen, or divider.
- noun Something that functions as or resembles a screen, cover, divider, or barrier.
- noun The movable screen or drape in a theater or hall that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop.
- noun The rising or opening of a theater curtain at the beginning of a performance or act.
- noun The time at which a theatrical performance begins or is scheduled to begin.
- noun The fall or closing of a theater curtain at the end of a performance or act.
- noun The part of a rampart or parapet connecting two bastions or gates.
- noun Architecture A curtain wall.
- noun The end.
- noun Absolute ruin.
- noun Death.
- transitive verb To provide (something) with a curtain or curtains.
- transitive verb To close off (something) with a curtain or curtains.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To inclose with or as with curtains; furnish or provide with curtains.
- noun A hanging screen of a textile fabric (or rarely of leather) used to close an opening, as a doorway or an alcove, to shut out the light from a window, and for similar purposes. See blind, shade, portière, lambrequin; also
- noun Hangings used to shut in or screen a bedstead.
- noun Hence Whatever covers or conceals like a curtain or hangings.
- noun One of the movable pieces of canvas or other material forming a tent.
- noun In fortification, that part of a rampart which is between the flanks of two bastions or between two towers or gates, and bordered with a parapet, behind which the soldiers stand to fire on the covered way and into the moat. See cuts under
- noun An ensign or flag.
- noun In mycology, same as
- noun A plate in a lock designed to fall over the keyhole as a mask to prevent tampering with the lock.
- noun The leaden plate which divides into compartments the large leaden chamber in which sulphuric acid is produced by the oxidation of sulphurous compounds in the ordinary process of manufacture.
- noun In hydraul. engm., a woven fabric of brushwood or withes, such as branches of willows, placed in a stream to retard the current and permit the deposition of silt, or to compel scour and remove it.
- noun A vertical fold of the mantle within the margins of the valves of certain pelecypods (the pectens).
- noun In architecture, a wall which serves as an inclosure rather than as a support. Thus the wall beneath a large window, as in a church, or that between two buttresses which carry the vault and roof without its assistance, is a curtain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains.
- noun A hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage.
- noun (Fort.) That part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See
Illustrationsof Ravelinand Bastion.
- noun (Arch.) That part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc.
- noun obsolete A flag; an ensign; -- in contempt.
- noun in concealment; in secret.
- noun a querulous lecture given by a wife to her husband within the bed curtains, or in bed.
- noun the performance closes.
- noun the performance begins.
- noun To commence or close a performance.
- noun to end the tale, or close the performance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A piece of
cloth coveringa windowto keep the sunfrom shining inside.
- noun A similar piece of cloth that separates the
audienceand the stagein a theater.
- noun fortifications The flat area of
wallwhich connects two bastionsor towers; the main area of a fortified wall.
- noun euphemistic
- verb To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun any barrier to communication or vision
- verb provide with drapery
- noun hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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The term iron curtain was used in this sense as early as 1920, and Churchill had used it earlier in a telegram to President Harry Truman, May 12, 1945: An iron curtain is drawn down upon their front.
Designed by Bauke Knottnerus this curtain is a great piece of conversation, that can also create the illusion of more space in any room.
As the curtain is about to go up on ActII – The Indictments, one awaits the destiny of whomsoever of the WHIGs is a mendacious warmonger.
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When the young girl stepped forward there was that awed hush in the room which usually falls upon an attentive audience when the curtain is about to rise on the crucial act of a dramatic play.
Talking with a person behind a curtain is a very different thing from talking face to face.
Either way, though, my shower curtain is holding up so far, and no new tears have occurred to date.
My vinyl shower curtain is covered in mildew right now and cleaning it is the last thing in the world on my list of Things to Do.
Despite Wednesday's loss to the New York Yankees, they stand a game away from the Fall Classic and the man behind curtain is Big Tex.
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The shower curtain is white with huge orange and olive spots, and the shower curtain hooks are decorated with pink and orange balls.
THE curtain is rung down on an illusion, but it rises again on another, this time, as before, with the look of the absolute Good and True upon it.
On the Monterey Peninsula side of the “lettuce curtain” (as the invisible barrier separating Salinas from richer neighboring towns is often called) are exclusive beach communities, famous golf courses such as Pebble Beach, and a thriving tourism industry; on the opposite end of the highway, a working-class city with a poverty rate well above the state average.
chained_bear commented on the word curtain
In castle architecture, the wall enclosing a bailey, courtyard, or ward, generally constructed of stone.
Also a word that makes me think of very old Bugs Bunny cartoons: "It's curtains for you, see? Nyah, see, nyah."
August 24, 2008