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6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vail \Vail\ (v[=a]l), verb (used without an object) To yield or recede; to give place; to show respect by yielding, uncovering, or the like. [Written also {vale}, and {veil}.] [Obs.]

Thy convenience must vail to thy neighbor's necessity. --South.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vail \Vail\, verb (used with an object) [Aphetic form of avale. See {Avale}, {Vale}.] [Written also {vale}, and {veil}.]

1. To let fall; to allow or cause to sink. [Obs.]

Vail your regard Upon a wronged, I would fain have said, a maid! --Shak.

2. To lower, or take off, in token of inferiority, reverence, submission, or the like.

France must vail her lofty-plumed crest! --Shak.

Without vailing his bonnet or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic. --Sir. W. Scott.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Veil \Veil\ (v[=a]l), noun [OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L. velum a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere to bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship on. See {Vehicle}, and cf. {Reveal}.] [Written also {vail}.]

1. Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to hide or protect the face.

The veil of the temple was rent in twain. --Matt. xxvii. 51.

She, as a veil down to the slender waist, Her unadorn['e]d golden tresses wore. --Milton.

2. A cover; a disguise; a mask; a pretense.

[I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page. --Shak.

3. (Bot.) (a) The calyptra of mosses. (b) A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also {velum}.

4. (Eccl.) A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.

5. (Zool.) Same as {Velum}, 3.

{To take the veil} (Eccl.), to receive or be covered with, a veil, as a nun, in token of retirement from the world; to become a nun.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Veil \Veil\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Veiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Veiling}.] [Cf. OF. veler, F. voiler, L. velarc. See {Veil}, n.] [Written also {vail}.]

1. To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil.

Her face was veiled; yet to my fancied sight, Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined. --Milton.

2. Fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal.

To keep your great pretenses veiled. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Caul \Caul\ (k[add]l), noun [OE. calle, kelle, prob. fr. F. cale; cf. Ir. calla a veil.]

1. A covering of network for the head, worn by women; also, a net. --Spenser.

2. (Anat.) The fold of membrane loaded with fat, which covers more or less of the intestines in mammals; the great omentum. See {Omentum}.

The caul serves for the warming of the lower belly. --Ray.

3. A part of the amnion, one of the membranes enveloping the fetus, which sometimes is round the head of a child at its birth; -- called also a {veil}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

It is deemed lucky to be with a caul or membrane over the face. This caul is esteemed an infallible preservative against drowning . . . According to Chrysostom, the midwives frequently sold it for magic uses. --Grose.

I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas. --Dickens.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a garment that covers the head and face [syn: {head covering}, {veil}]

2: a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms [syn: {veil}, {velum}]

3: the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth) [syn: {caul}, {veil}, {embryonic membrane}]

4: a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl [syn: {humeral veil}, {veil}]


1: to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil; "women in Afghanistan veil their faces" [ant: {unveil}]

2: make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat" [syn: {obscure}, {blot out}, {obliterate}, {veil}, {hide}]

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