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Webster 1913 Edition


Veil

Veil

(vāl)
,
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 unadornéd 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.
Shakespeare
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.

Veil

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Veiled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Veiling
.]
[Cf. OF.
veler
, F.
voiler
, L.
velarc
. See
Veil
,
Noun.
]
[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
.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Veil

VEIL

,
Noun.
[L. velum.
1.
A cover; a curtain; something to intercept the view and lude an object.
2.
A cover; a disguise. [See Vail. The latter orthography gives the Latin pronunciation as well as the English, and is to be preferred.

VEIL

, v.t.
1.
To cover with a veil; to conceal.
2.
To invest; to cover.
3.
To hide. [See Vail.]

Definition 2021


veil

veil

English

Noun

veil (plural veils)

  1. Something hung up, or spread out, to hide an object from view; usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.
    • Bible, Matthew xxvii. 51
      The veil of the temple was rent in twain.
    • Milton
      She, as a veil down to the slender waist, / Her unadorned golden tresses wore.
  2. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
    • Shakespeare
      [I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence. p. 4.
      Beckett complains that "in the forest of symbols" there is never quiet, and longs to break through the veil of language to silence.
  3. The calyptra of mosses.
  4. A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; a velum.
  5. A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul (especially over a baby's head); a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.
  6. (zoology) velum (A circular membrane round the cap of medusa)
  7. (mycology) A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.

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Verb

veil (third-person singular simple present veils, present participle veiling, simple past and past participle veiled)

  1. To put on, or decorate with, a veil.
  2. To conceal as with a veil.
    The forest fire was veiled by smoke, but I could hear it clearly.

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Pronunciation

Verb

veil

  1. first-person singular present indicative of veilen
  2. imperative of veilen

Adjective

veil (comparative veiler, superlative veilst)

  1. venal
    Een veile vrouw. A venal woman.

Inflection

Inflection of veil
uninflected veil
inflected veile
comparative veiler
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial veil veiler het veilst
het veilste
indefinite m./f. sing. veile veilere veilste
n. sing. veil veiler veilste
plural veile veilere veilste
definite veile veilere veilste
partitive veils veilers

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