What does veil mean?

Definitions for veil
veɪlveil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. head covering, veilnoun

    a garment that covers the head and face

  2. veil, velumnoun

    a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms

  3. caul, veil, embryonic membranenoun

    the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)

  4. humeral veil, veilverb

    a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl

  5. veilverb

    to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil

    "women in Afghanistan veil their faces"

  6. obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hideverb

    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

    "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"

Wiktionary

  1. veilnoun

    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 diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.

  2. veilnoun

    A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.

  3. veilnoun

    The calyptra of mosses.

  4. veilnoun

    A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.

  5. veilnoun

    A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul; a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil; a Moslem veil.

  6. veilnoun

    Same as velum, 4.

  7. veilnoun

    A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.

  8. veilverb

    To don, or garb with, a veil.

  9. veilverb

    To conceal as with a veil.

    The forest fire was veiled by smoke, but I could hear it clearly.

  10. Etymology: From Old Northern French veile, from vela, nominative plural of velum.

Wikipedia

  1. Veil

    A veil is an article of clothing or hanging cloth that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an object of some significance. Veiling has a long history in European, Asian, and African societies. The practice has been prominent in different forms in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The practice of veiling is especially associated with women and sacred objects, though in some cultures, it is men, rather than women, who are expected to wear a veil. Besides its enduring religious significance, veiling continues to play a role in some modern secular contexts, such as wedding customs.

ChatGPT

  1. veil

    A veil is a piece of fine material worn by women to protect or conceal the face. It can also refer to something that covers, disguises, or obscures something else, like a curtain or a partition. In a broader sense, it can also symbolize a barrier or obstacle that prevents or hinders clear observation or understanding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Veilnoun

    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

  2. Veilnoun

    a cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense

  3. Veilnoun

    the calyptra of mosses

  4. Veilnoun

    a membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum

  5. Veilnoun

    a covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil

  6. Veilnoun

    same as Velum, 3

  7. Veilnoun

    to throw a veil over; to cover with a veil

  8. Veilnoun

    fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal

  9. Etymology: [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.]

Wikidata

  1. Veil

    A veil is an article of clothing or cloth hanging that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an object of some significance. It is especially associated with women and sacred objects. One view is that as a religious item, it is intended to show honor to an object or space. The actual sociocultural, psychological, and sociosexual functions of veils have not been studied extensively but most likely include the maintenance of social distance and the communication of social status and cultural identity. In Islamic society, various forms of the veil have been adopted from the Arab culture in which Islam arose.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Veil

    vāl, n. a curtain: anything that hides an object: a piece of muslin or thin cloth worn by ladies to shade or hide the face: a cover: a disguise: an obscuration of the clearness of the tones in pronunciation: in fungi, the partial covering of the stem or margin of the cap—applied also to the indusium of ferns.—v.t. to cover with a veil: to cover: to conceal.—n. Veil′ing, the act of concealing with a veil: a veil: material for making veils.—adjs. Veil′less, wanting a veil: uncovered; Vē′lar (philol.), denoting sounds (gw, kw, &c.) produced by the veil of the palate or soft palate; Vē′lary, pertaining to a sail.—n. Vēlā′tion, a veiling: concealment, mystery.—Eucharistic or Sacramental veils, the linen or silk cloths used to cover the eucharistic vessels and the elements during the celebration of Mass or Holy Communion.—Take the veil, to become a nun. [O. Fr. veile (Fr. voile)—L. velum, a curtain—vehĕre, to carry.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. VEIL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Veil is ranked #63068 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Veil surname appeared 317 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Veil.

    84.2% or 267 total occurrences were White.
    8.5% or 27 total occurrences were Black.
    5% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

Anagrams for veil »

  1. evil

  2. Levi

  3. live

  4. vile

  5. vlei

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of veil in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of veil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of veil in a Sentence

  1. James Mattis:

    You got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.

  2. Nikita Malik:

    Whether it's a game-changer is really going to depend on what is the reaction -- are the ISIS fanboys and the rank and file going to celebrate this woman? Or are they going to say, 'We really don't approve. We prefer our women at home, under the veil, cooking, cleaning and giving birth to little mujahideen'? it was done more of a defense mechanism rather than as an act of violence. Islamic State has said in its propaganda many times women are to remain in the home and really their participation in jihad is more nurturing role as a mother and a wife.

  3. Benjamin W. Decker:

    Taking just five minutes to calm the mind, relax the body, observe our thoughts, and listen to the Holy Spirit pierces the veil between the spiritual and physical worlds.

  4. Charles de LEUSSE:

    But the animal has no veil. Dogs better treated than Afghan women. (Même l'animal n'a de voile. Chien mieux traité que l'afghane ?)

  5. Percy B. Shelley:

    Death is a veil which those who live call life, Sleep and it is lifted.

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