from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture An ornamental border formed of two or more curved bands that interlace to repeat a circular design.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fine engraving pattern of spirals, intertwining bands, etc.; or the tool used to create such work.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ornament in the form of two or more bands or strings twisted over each other in a continued series, leaving circular openings which are filled with round ornaments.
- n. In ornamental art, any pattern made by interlacing curved lines.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To decorate with intersecting curved lines, or with any pattern composed of curved lines.
- n. An ornamental pattern composed of intersecting curved lines, as the usual decoration of watch-cases; in architecture, an ornament in the form of two or more bands or ribbons interlacing or braided or twisted over each other so as to repeat the same figure in a continued series of spirals. The term is applied, but improperly, to a fret.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an architectural decoration formed by two intersecting wavy bands
A Bright Idea guilloche Caldwell says he's one of few artisans who know a special technique called guilloche, which scrapes reflective indentations into his metal pieces to create a radiating shine.
An ornament known as the guilloche is found in many countries.
Origin and Development of Form and Ornament in Ceramic Art. Fourth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1882-1883, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1886, pages 437-466.
This practice is called guilloche, and probably best done by the Germans today.
The birds are depicted using three different enameling processes and guilloche, a delicate method of engraving watch dials.
Peter Carl Fabergé designer Mikhail Perkhin, workmaster Imperial Blue Serpent Egg Gold, blue guilloche enamel, opalescent white enamel, diamonds, sapphires
In addition, the floor was paved with a nice mosaic "carpet" in black, white, purple, and orange, representing central guilloche motifs, bordered by bead-and-reels that were lined by chevrons.
It possessed a broad edge consisting of diagonal lines in these six colors, colorful meanders lined with black and white tesserae and a guilloche motif (combinations of purple-white, yellow-white, red-orange-white) on a dark background.
Among the few in colour, a preliminary mock-up had a fabulous complex guilloche of intertwining threads, which formed a centre roundel.
Speaking generally, the design is formed by nine octagon figures, three by three, surrounded and divided by a guilloche cable band; the interspaces of the octagons are filled by four smaller square patterns, and the outer octagon spaces by 12 triangles.
The sort of guilloche of interlacing circles was very generally used.