Definitions of curtain

  1. provide with curtains, as of a room or a window
  2. any barrier to communication or vision; " a curtain of secrecy"; " a curtain of trees"
  3. 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.
  4. That part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See Illustrations of Ravelin and Bastion.
  5. That part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc.
  6. A flag; an ensign; -- in contempt.
  7. To inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains.
  8. A hanging screen which can be drawn up or aside.
  9. To inclose in, or as with, screens or curtains: curtain fire, a wall of dropping shells from massed artillery.
  10. Drapery hung round and inclosing a bed, etc.: the part of a rampart between two bastions: also, an ensign or flag. Shak.
  11. To inclose or furnish with curtains.
  12. Hanging cloth for a bed or window; part of a rampart between two bastions.
  13. To furnish with curtains.
  14. To supply with curtains; separate, as by a curtain.
  15. An adjustable hanging covering, as of a window.
  16. Something that conceals or separates.
  17. Part of a rampart that connects two bastions or towers.
  18. To enclose with curtains: to furnish with curtains.
  19. A movable cloth hung round a bed, at a window, or in front of a stage; any piece of movable drapery used for concealment; the part of a wall or rampart which joins the flanks of two bastions together.
  20. To inclose by means of curtains.

Usage examples for curtain

  1. Then her face grew white and her lips trembled when she thought of Khaled sitting alone on the other side of the curtain, with his sword upon his feet, waiting for the end. – Khaled, A Tale of Arabia by F. Marion Crawford
  2. Mr. Barnes raised the curtain over the window, letting in more light. – An Artist in Crime by Rodrigues Ottolengui
  3. The curtain went up the very next afternoon. – My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
  4. Draw that curtain back, and you will see mine. – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. Now the curtain went down, for the time being. – History of 'Billy the Kid' by Chas. A. Siringo
  6. Look-" Halfoff as he spoke threw aside a curtain that hung across the end of the room. – Further Foolishness by Stephen Leacock
  7. Finally the curtain was up, and the play was on. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  8. The only music was that which came from behind the curtain at the rear. – Some Forerunners of Italian Opera by William James Henderson
  9. He wondered whether his father would see him through the curtain, but he felt sure at the next moment that it was impossible. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  10. The curtain had gone up. – Black Oxen by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  11. Then, smiling again, he lifted the curtain of the zemindar's bed with his left hand. – Bengal Dacoits and Tigers by Maharanee Sunity Devee
  12. The curtain had fallen. – Melbourne House by Elizabeth Wetherell
  13. He did not say anything and, after a silent minute, he let fall the curtain and moved softly away. – The Branding Iron by Katharine Newlin Burt
  14. The curtain rose on the first scene of The Caprice. – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  15. The next consideration will be the curtain. – Entertainments for Home, Church and School by Frederica Seeger
  16. " It is like the curtain coming down with the man's head still in the lion's mouth," said he. – No Hero by E.W. Hornung
  17. All things which have lived through the summer welcome the autumn, the twilight of the long hot day, the grey curtain pulled down over a drama which is played out. – A Tramp's Sketches by Stephen Graham