from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Theat., a painted cloth used on the stage to represent the water of the sea.


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  • A sea-cloth was set, a sail with ropes, firm to the mast; the flood-timbers moaned; 74 nor did wind over billows that wave-swimmer blow across from her course.

    Beowulf, translated by Francis Gummere

  • His clothes were of the very finest sea-cloth, and well cut.

    Jim Davis

  • The Doctor interrupted his whiffing for a moment to reach forward and feel Nicky's knee professionally, outside the thick sea-cloth trousers.

    Nicky-Nan, Reservist

  • Sunday suit of threadbare sea-cloth, he found the Penhaligon children seated at the board, already plying their spoons in bowls of bread-and-milk.

    Nicky-Nan, Reservist

  • The corpse's feet pointed towards the path, and I recognized the shoes, as also the sea-cloth trousers, before Mr. Rogers -- cursing in his hurry rather than at the pain of his lacerated hands -- tore the brambles aside and revealed its face -- the face of Captain Coffin, blue-cold in death and staring up from its pillow of rotted leaves.

    Poison Island

  • For a pound, Bogue fitted him up with an old suit of his own -- coat and waistcoat of blue sea-cloth, not much the worse for wear, duck trousers, a tarpaulin hat, and a flannel shirt marked

    Poison Island

  • He wore a suit of good sea-cloth -- soiled, indeed, but neither ragged nor threadbare -- and a blue and yellow spotted neckerchief, the bow of which had worked around towards his right ear.

    Poison Island

  • The last load but one, I brought across a sailor-looking chap, a bustious, big fellow, with a round hat like a missionary's, and all the rest of him in sea-cloth.

    Shining Ferry

  • The stranger drew himself up in the doorway -- a well-knit figure of a man, clear of eye, bronzed of hue, clad in blue sea-cloth faced with scarlet, and wearing a short sword at the hip.

    Lady Good-for-Nothing

  • The mate dropped from the train here, still clad as at Beira in thick, stifling sea-cloth and his hard hat, though his collar was now but a limp frill.

    Those Who Smiled And Eleven Other Stories


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