Definitions for wainscotˈweɪn skət, -skɒt, -skoʊt
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panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall
wainscot, wainscoting, wainscotting(noun)
wooden panels that can be used to line the walls of a room
An area of wooden (especially oaken) panelling on the lower part of a roomu2019s walls.
To decorate a wall with a wainscot.
Origin: From wagenschot, assumed to be from wagen + schot, believed to mean “partition”.
oaken timber or boarding
a wooden lining or boarding of the walls of apartments, usually made in panels
any one of numerous species of European moths of the family Leucanidae
to line with boards or panelwork, or as if with panelwork; as, to wainscot a hall
Origin: [OD. waeghe-schot, D. wagen-schot, a clapboard, fr. OD. waeg, weeg, a wall (akin to AS. wah; cf. Icel. veggr) + schot a covering of boards (akin to E. shot, shoot).]
In fantasy fiction, a wainscot is a society concealed and secretly working in the real world. The term was first coined by The Encyclopedia of Fantasy in 1997. Such concealed societies typically have a special insight into the mechanics of the world, such as an understanding of magical forces or knowledge of supernatural beings. Wainscot societies may seek to hide this information from outsiders, or they may be disbelieved due to ignorance, conspiracies, or consensus reality. A significant feature of wainscot fiction is that it does not take place in fantasy realms only accessible via some kind of magical portal. Wainscot stories involve hidden parts of the familiar, mundane world. In horror-tinged works of fantasy, such as H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Buffyverse, or White Wolf Games' World of Darkness setting, the majority's ignorance of the true horrors of their world may seem like a blessing. In C.S. Lewis' "That Hideous Strength" it is disclosed that from the death of King Arthur up to the time of writing in the 1940s, there had been an unbroken line of Pendragons living secretly in Britain. The Pendragon in each generation gathering around himself a small band of loyal followers and in times of crisis acting secretly to save the country from various perils - with Britons unaware of how much they owed to this secret group.
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