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  • n. Wooden (especially oaken) panelling on the lower part of a room’s walls.
  • v. Present participle of wainscot.

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

  • n. wooden panels that can be used to line the walls of a room
  • n. a wainscoted wall (or wainscoted walls collectively)


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  • If wainscotting is a thing I can have in my apartment.

    So...the laws of physics have been violated...

  • Dark plain wainscotting, heavy furniture of simplest fashion, little windows well curtained; – all nothing to speak of; – all joined inexplicably to produce the impression of order, stability and repose, which seized upon Eleanor almost before she had time to observe details.

    The Old Helmet

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2009 for arts sake worth hearing • very rarely does news make me cry, it usually makes me angry; the kind of angry that causes me to shatter dishes against the wainscotting, but not usually weep over the general state of affairs.

    for arts sake

  • As building methods improved, this was reduced to wainscotting below and a picture rail above, which would originally have been the top edge of the panelling.

    Notes & queries: The universe? It's a mesh knitted by the flying spaghetti monster • Bottom line on skirting boards • Byron's swimming style

  • I suppose they could have them ... so ... there's a window tinting business in my wainscotting?

    So...the laws of physics have been violated...

  • The original woodwork -- including dining-room wainscotting, along with hardwood floor and moldings -- has been maintained.

    Craftsman Living

  • Hardwood floors damaged beyond repair from cat and dog urine, original doors kicked in and replaced by metal or press board, once natural wood trim damaged from sloppy moving and chewed away by animals which had to be painted over, original wainscotting rotted from neglect.


  • He is the Germanicus of this blog; mythical, as Un-bama like as a person gets, plus he can deliver a lecture about wainscotting that will make you swoon!

    Keep cool.

  • There is not a panel in the old wainscotting, but what, if it were endowed with the powers of speech and memory, could start from the wall, and tell its tale of horror — the romance of life, Sir, the romance of life!

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • She had always liked Fontainebleau because the Swiss Hall looked just like an old German hall with its bay windows, the wainscotting, and heavy carved benches.



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