Definitions for lunetteluˈnɛt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of various objects or spaces of crescentlike or semicircular outline or section.
an area in a wall enframed by an arch or vault.
a painting, sculpture, or window filling such an area.
Origin of lunette:
1570–80; < F, dim. of lune moon < L lūna; see -ette
temporary fortification like a detached bastion
oval or circular opening; to allow light into a dome or vault
A small opening in a vaulted roof of a circular or crescent shape.
A crescent-shaped recess or void in the space above a window or door.
An image or other representation of a crescent moon.
A field work consisting of two projecting faces forming a wedge each of which extends from one of two parallel flanks.
A luna: a crescent-shaped receptacle, often glass, for holding the (consecrated) host (the bread of communion) upright when exposed in the monstrance.
A type of flattened glass used in watch-making.
The circular hole in the guillotine in which the victim's neck is placed.
A type of crescent-shaped dune blown up along a lake basin, especially in dry areas of Australia.
Origin: From lunette, diminutive of lune.
a fieldwork consisting of two faces, forming a salient angle, and two parallel flanks. See Bastion
a half horseshoe, which wants the sponge
a kind of watch crystal which is more than ordinarily flattened in the center; also, a species of convexoconcave lens for spectacles
a piece of felt to cover the eye of a vicious horse
any surface of semicircular or segmental form; especially, the piece of wall between the curves of a vault and its springing line
an iron shoe at the end of the stock of a gun carriage
In architecture, a lunette is a half-moon shaped space, either filled with recessed masonry or void. A lunette is formed when a horizontal cornice transects a round-headed arch at the level of the imposts, where the arch springs. If a door is set within a round-headed arch, the space within the arch above the door, masonry or glass, is a lunette. If the door is a major access, and the lunette above is massive and deeply set, it may be called a tympanum. The term is usefully employed to describe the section of interior wall between the curves of a vault and its springing line. A system of intersecting vaults produces lunettes on the wall surfaces above a cornice. The lunettes in the structure of the Sistine Chapel inspired Michelangelo to come up with inventive compositions for the spaces. In neoclassical architecture of Robert Adam and his French contemporaries, like Ange-Jacques Gabriel, a favorite scheme set a series of windows within shallow blind arches. The lunettes above lent themselves to radiating motifs: a sunburst of bellflower husks, radiating fluting, a low vase of flowers, etc. A lunette may also be segmental, and the arch may be an arc taken from an oval. The spaces are still lunettes.
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