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Definitions of veil

  1. the inner embryonic membrane of higher vertebrates ( especially when covering the head at birth)
  2. a garment that covers the head and face
  3. a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl
  4. to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil; " a conspiracy of silence veiling it"
  5. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; " a hidden message"; " a veiled threat"
  6. to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil; " women in Afghanistan veil their faces"
  7. A rennet bag.
  8. 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.
  9. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
  10. The calyptra of mosses.
  11. A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.
  12. Same as Velum, 3.
  13. To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil.
  14. Fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal.
  15. A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; - called also velum.
  16. A thin, gauzy covering for the face; a covering to conceal something; a disguise.
  17. To cover with or as with, a curtain; hide; conceal.
  18. Veiled.
  19. 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.
  20. To cover with a veil: to cover: to conceal.
  21. A covering; curtain; thin cloth to cover the face; cover; disguise.
  22. To cover with a veil; cover; conceal.
  23. To cover with a veil; hide; disguise.
  24. A piece of thin fabric, worn over the face; a screen; also, a disguise.
  25. Something to intercept the view and hide an object; a curtain; a network covering used by females to cover the face; a cover; a disguise.
  26. To cover with a veil; to conceal; to hide. To take the veil, to become a nun.
  27. To cut off the turf or sward of land.
  28. A thin transparent cloth used by females to shade or conceal the face; that which is used for intercepting the view and hiding something; a curtain.
  29. To conceal; to cover to hide.
  30. The velum; the calyptra; the velum.

Usage examples for veil

  1. His face was slightly flushed, and his eyes had the light which in happy moments burned through their veil of thought. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  2. " I am older than you think, Mademoiselle of the Veil. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  3. Mr. Harper's hand was on the former, which was wound about with a wet veil. – The Chief Legatee by Anna Katharine Green
  4. Tony parted the veil of hair with a gentle hand so that they could both see the candles. – Jan and Her Job by L. Allen Harker
  5. She hurriedly drew down her veil the moment the carriage was announced. – Basil by Wilkie Collins
  6. I am afraid of those two people; and as I am so quick to show my feelings in my face, I intend to hide behind this veil if I get shy or troubled. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  7. Just for a brief space, down there seemed to fall A veil between the two- a veil like night. – Papers from Overlook-House by Casper Almore
  8. And to think last time l ate off one I- Was a little bride with the veil pushed back from your face, the old lady said, and everyone watching you cut the cake. – Seven Little Australians by Ethel Sybil Turner
  9. Go and buy him a veil. – News from the Duchy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  10. She raised her hand hurriedly and pulled her veil over her face. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  11. Why had she chosen to- night, of all nights, to rend the veil which had always hung, so decently, between them. – Studies in love and in terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  12. Why, it isn't a veil, after all! – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  13. She pulled down her veil suddenly. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  14. You can't look into my mind, nor can I look into yours; whatever we do or say to break down the veil between us, we can't do it. – Father Payne by Arthur Christopher Benson
  15. But I was not prepared for the sight of the white casket as it was wheeled into the church, with the solitary mourner, her promised husband, slowly following all that was left of his bride- to- be, robed as for the bridal and her shimmering veil tied in a large bow knot and the bridal wreath placed lightly upon the casket with lilies of the valley and maiden- hair ferns, trailing in graceful festoons around the casket. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  16. A tall woman came in, wearing a thick veil, that concealed her features. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  17. What has thrown a veil over your happy face? – Home Scenes, and Home Influence A Series of Tales and Sketches by T. S. Arthur
  18. She was born with a veil over her face! – Oldtown Fireside Stories The Ghost In The Mill; The Sullivan Looking-Glass; The Minister's Housekeeper; The Widow's Bandbox; Captain Kidd's Money; "Mis' Elderkin's Pitcher"; The Ghost In The Cap'n Brownhouse by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  19. " I can't imagine at all who- would honour me-" He gently lifted the veil. – The Brown Study by Grace S. Richmond
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