Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A block shaped like the top of the head, designed to support a wig in the process of making or when not in use.

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Examples

  • After the most trifling reparation of a street it was customary to place his great wig-block (_tête à perruque_) there.

    A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792

  • It will be asked whether I am not the ` elderly gentleman 'who sate ` despairing beside a clear stream', with a willow for his wig-block.

    The Improvisatore

  • There was the old clergyman, such as Dr. Chauncey, wearing a white wig, which the barber took from his head and placed upon a wig-block.

    Grandfather's Chair

  • There was the old clergyman, such as Dr. Chauncey, wearing a white wig, which the barber took from his head, and placed upon a wig-block.

    True Stories of History and Biography

  • "More probably a barber, who has converted his own head into a wig-block," growled John Effingham.

    Homeward Bound or, the Chase

  • I then retired to the opposite end, and surveyed the furniture; nothing retained its original form or position; -- the tables and chairs seemed to loom from the floor, and my grandfather's picture to thrust forward its nose like a French-horn, while that of my grandmother, who was reckoned a beauty in her day, looked, in her hoop, like her husband's wig-block stuck on a tub.

    Lectures on Art

  • Nevertheless, as he might possibly take it into his head to come into the room, I carefully arranged a wig-block in a night-cap on the pillow, and huddled up the coverlet so as to deceive a casual glance.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • Neatly spread out, fan-wise, on one side of this bench, was the Druid’s golden beard and moustache and, hooked over a table lamp in lieu of a wig-block, the golden wig itself, topped by a tall crown of mistletoe.

    Tied Up in Tinsel

  • “They went in, and taking the wig-block for your head they came up to the bed and politely wished you good morning.

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • "They went in, and taking the wig-block for your head they came up to the bed and politely wished you good morning.

    Memoirs of Casanova — Volume 13: Holland and Germany

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