curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall(noun)
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
any barrier to communication or vision
"a curtain of secrecy"; "a curtain of trees"
provide with drapery
"curtain the bedrooms"
A piece of cloth covering a window to keep the sun from shining inside.
A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.
The flat area of wall which connects two bastions or towers; the main area of a fortified wall.
To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.
Origin: From cortine, from cortina.
a hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage
that part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See Illustrations of Ravelin and Bastion
that part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc
a flag; an ensign; -- in contempt
to inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains
Origin: [OE.cortin, curtin,fr. OF. cortine, curtine, F. courtine, LL. cortina, curtian (in senses 1 and 2), also, small court, small inclosure surrounded by walls, from cortis court. See Court.]
A curtain is a piece of cloth intended to block or obscure light, or drafts, or water in the case of a shower curtain. A curtain is also the movable screen or drape in a theater that separates the stage from the auditorium or that serves as a backdrop. Although the words curtain and drape are commonly used interchangeably, drapes distinguish themselves by containing lining sewn onto the reverse side of the fabric. The purpose of lining is to protect drapes and interior spaces from damaging UV rays, the rotting of silks, adverse light conditions, and fading colored dyes. Linings also provide an immediate aesthetic purpose by adding to the drapeability of the fabric; added weight helps to anchor the drape and creates a more full and luxurious window treatment. Unlike windows with drapes, windows with curtains lack the added benefit of light control and will exhibit a striping effect during daylight hours; a term that describes a visible striped effect caused by uneven light distribution between the areas of the curtain where it rests in front of the window juxtaposed with where it rests in front of the wall.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kur′tin, n. drapery hung round and enclosing a bed, &c.: the part of a rampart between two bastions.—v.t. to enclose or furnish with curtains.—n. Cur′tain-lec′ture, a lecture or reproof given in bed by a wife to her husband.—Behind the curtain, away from public view; Draw the curtain, to draw it aside, so as to show what is behind, or in front of anything so as to hide it. [O. Fr. cortine—Low L. cortina; prob. L. cors, cortis, a court.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
In fortification, that part of the rampart which is between the flanks of two opposite bastions, which are thereby connected.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In fortification, is that part of the rampart or wall between two bastions or two gates.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'CURTAIN' in Nouns Frequency: #1270
The numerical value of CURTAIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of CURTAIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of CURTAIN in a Sentence
Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.
The curtain has gone up on a new era that will be filled with hope.
It was a whole curtain of fire, there was fire on all sides. We had to leave.
The curtain is going to come down, and you're going to lose the opportunity to do certain things.
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.
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Translations for CURTAIN
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- завеса, пердеBulgarian
- cortina, telóCatalan, Valencian
- opona, závěsCzech
- llenni, llenWelsh
- gardin, tæppeDanish
- Vorhang, GardineGerman
- αυλαία, κουρτίναGreek
- telón, cortinaSpanish
- verho, verhota, esirippuFinnish
- gardina, gluggatjaldFaroese
- voil, rideauFrench
- cuirtín, bratIrish
- cùirtearScottish Gaelic
- पर्दा, परदाHindi
- leikhústjald, gluggatjald, tjald, gardínaIcelandic
- tappezzeria, tendina, tendaggio, drappeggio, sipario, drappo, tendaItalian
- カーテン, 幕Japanese
- RidoLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- завеса, перде, кулисаMacedonian
- tabir, tiraiMalay
- gordijn, doekDutch
- ਪਰਦਾPanjabi, Punjabi
- zasłonić, kurtyna, zasłonaPolish
- acortinar, cortina, encortinarPortuguese
- umbrival, sumbrival, curtgina, tendaRomansh
- cortină, draperie, perdea, perdeleRomanian
- занавеска, штора, занавес, гардинаRussian
- zástor, за̑вјеса, за̑веса, zȃvesa, zȃvjesa, за́сторSerbo-Croatian
- ridå, gardinSwedish
- perde, perdelemekTurkish
- gordene, toeleWalloon
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