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Usage examples for ornamental

  1. This is precisely what has happened touching that central figure, round which the monster and the champion are alike only ornamental symbols; and by the right of whose tragedy even St. George's Cross does not belong to St. George. – The New Jerusalem by G. K. Chesterton
  2. He then proposed that Cellini should return to Paris and undertake the ornamental details of the tomb. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  3. It was a stone placed upright, with an inscription on a flat surface, the summit of which sometimes ended with an ornamental finish. – Plutarch's Lives, Volume II by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  4. It has two arches, with a small ornamental one in the central pier. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  5. " It's more than neat, it's positively ornamental," she replied, " but even your success doesn't explain your motive." – The Ancient Law by Ellen Glasgow
  6. " They are very ornamental," remarked Claudia. – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope
  7. With six gardens, two woods, and an ornamental lake I shall be unbearable. – If I May by A. A. Milne
  8. " Yes, father," was the reply, and the pair busied themselves in examining revolvers and guns, placing ammunition ready for flight, and finally arming the ladies, and thrusting an ornamental kris from the walls into their belts. – The Rajah of Dah by George Manville Fenn
  9. She was half Irish and half French- Canadian, and, accordin' to Ira's description, she was some ornamental. – On With Torchy by Sewell Ford
  10. It had massive doors behind a row of highly polished steel gates, which would prove as useful in case of attempted invasion as they were now ornamental, and heavily barred windows, while on either side of the portico were great marble columns hung with chains and surmounted with bronze lions rampant. – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  11. Impatiently, he seized the ornamental handle. – Manners of the Age by Horace Brown Fyfe
  12. From what has been advanced, we must now be convinced that there are two distinct styles in history painting: the grand, and the splendid or ornamental. – Seven Discourses on Art by Joshua Reynolds
  13. This handsome structure was finished at the expense of government in 1779, and is highly ornamental to the town and neighbourhood. – The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Vol. 1 by William Finden
  14. Acting as a means of communication between the row of front rooms and those at the back, they also serve to exhibit certain choice articles which call for little space, and are of a nature more or less ornamental. – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  15. Printed from new clear type on superior paper, bound in ornamental cloth, stamped from unique dies, title on side and back in gold. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  16. The ornamental parts of her dress and throne were sometimes, to increase the magnificence of the effect, raised in relief and gilt. – Legends of the Madonna by Mrs. Jameson
  17. And what have we in the Dutch Ornamental Garden? – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  18. A not very hardy species, and only second- rate as an ornamental flowering shrub. – Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs by A. D. Webster
  19. Some of the better- known and more valuable descriptions of ornamental bindings, whether Italian, French, or English, derive their entire importance by reason of their having come from the libraries of noted collectors, who bound their books after a model pattern. – Book Collecting A Guide for Amateurs by John Herbert Slater
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