from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The architectural facing or ornamental work over and around a fireplace, resting against the chimney; a mantel or mantelpiece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.), Chiefly Brit. A decorative construction around the opening of a fireplace; also, the shelf that projects from wall above fireplace; mantlepiece.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun shelf that projects from wall above fireplace


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  • I bequeath to her the two candlesticks which stand on the chimney-piece.

    Les Miserables 2008

  • Jean Valjean set the two candlesticks on the chimney-piece, where they glittered to the great admiration of Toussaint.

    Les Miserables 2008

  • He lighted two perfectly fresh wax candles which figured on the chimney-piece.

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  • He seized the candle in his fist, and set it on the chimney-piece with so violent a bang that the wick came near being extinguished, and the tallow bespattered the wall.

    Les Miserables 2008

  • He wheeled round towards a bust of M. le Duc de Berry, which stood on the chimney-piece, and made a profound bow, with a sort of peculiar majesty.

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  • Hold! take this door! this grating! this penthouse! this chimney-piece! this broken brazier! this cracked pot!

    Les Miserables 2008

  • The jars on the chimney-piece were filled with lauristina, and bunches of mountain-ash.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale 2008

  • As the weather permitted, Mrs. Alice sat duly remote from the company in a FAUTEUIL behind the projecting chimney-piece, or in the embrasure of a window, and prosecuted in Carthusian silence, with indefatigable zeal, a piece of embroidery, which seemed no bad emblem of eternity.

    Chronicles of the Canongate 2008

  • Mr Meadows, who was now intently surveying a painting that was over the chimney-piece, seemed of to hear this question, but presently called out

    Cecilia 2008

  • On the chimney-piece, he set a little figure in Saxe porcelain, carrying a muff against her nude stomach.

    Les Miserables 2008


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