from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To decorate (metal) with wavy patterns of inlay or etching.
  • noun Metalwork decorated with wavy patterns of inlay or etching.
  • noun Fabric having a wavy pattern; moiré.
  • adjective Of or relating to damascening.
  • adjective Of or relating to damask.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as damaskeen.
  • Of or pertaining to the city of Damascus, anciently and still the capital of Syria, and under the Ommiad califs capital of the Mohammedan empire, long celebrated for its works in steel. See damascus.
  • [lowercase] Of or pertaining to the art of damaskeening, or to something made by that process.
  • The style of work displayed in the artistic watered-steel blades for which the city of Damascus is celebrated. The variegated color of these blades is due to the crystallization of cast-steel highly charged with carbon, an effect produced by a careful process of cooling. The phrase is also applied to ornaments slightly etched on a steel surface, and also to other surfaces of similar appearance, as, for example, to an etched surface of metallic iron.
  • noun An inhabitant or a native of the city of Damascus.
  • noun [L. Damascena, ⟨ Gr. Δαμασκηνή, the region about Damascus, prop. fem. of the adj.] The district in which Damascus is situated.
  • noun [lowercase] Same as damson.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or relating to Damascus.
  • noun A kind of plum, now called damson. See damson.
  • transitive verb Same as damask, or damaskeen, v. t.

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  • adjective inlaid with silver or gold

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb inlay metal with gold and silver
  • adjective of or relating to or characteristic of Damascus or its people
  • noun a design produced by inlaying gold or silver into steel
  • noun a native or inhabitant of Damascus
  • adjective (of metals) decorated or inlaid with a wavy pattern of different (especially precious) metals


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French damasquiner, from damasquin, of Damascus, from Latin Damascēnus, from Greek Damaskēnos, from Damaskos, Damascus.]


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