from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of visor.
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- n. a visor
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See visor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, a mask concealing the face; hence, in general, any disguise or means of concealment.
- n. In more modern usage, the movable front of the helmet in general; more accurately, the upper movable part. Where there are two it is also called nasal. See cuts under armet and helmet.
- n. The countenance; visage.
- n. The fore piece of a cap, projecting over and protecting the eyes.
- To cover with a vizor, in any sense.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a piece of armor plate (with eye slits) fixed or hinged to a medieval helmet to protect the face
- n. a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes
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It was customary on such occasions to wear a helmet, with a part called a vizor in front, which could be raised on ordinary occasions, or let down in moments of danger like this, to cover and protect the eyes.
I remember very well, 'twas a loose long robe, streaked black and white, girt with a large silver ribband, and the vizor was a Moor's face.
The lower movable part of the front of a helmet, as distinct from the vizor; latterly, the whole movable part including the vizor. c1400 Destr.
In mediÃ ¦ val armour, a light globular headpiece, either with or without a vizor, and without a crest, the lower part curving outwards behind. c1440 Eng. Conq.
When brought before Ferrand, he raised his vizor, and said, “Is it well, my lord, to make captive an adventurous Knight, for doing his devoir against a personal challenger?”
So Gharib raised his vizor of mail and Sahim knew him and cried out, saying, This is your
So she resolved to trick him and, raising her vizor, lo! her face appeared more brilliant than the full moon, which when he saw, he was confounded by her beauty and his strength failed and his spirit faltered.
Presently the Princess rode into the lists, armed cap-à-pie and belted and with vizor down, and the
Knight, in full armor, with his vizor up, and bearing a letter on the point of his lance.
The knight had pushed the vizor of his helmet back to be sociable, and he was fiddling with the knots on the ropes that tied the lady to the tree and not getting anywhere.