from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry:
  • Voided or pierced throughout, and so much perforated that the chief substance is taken from it, leaving nothing visible but a narrow edge or border: said of an ordinary or bearing, as a cross so represented.
  • Having arms which spread or grow broader toward the extremities, and are usually obtusely pointed: said of a cross.

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

  • adjective (Her.) Charged with another bearing of the same figure, and of the color of the field, so large that only a narrow border of the first bearing remains visible; -- said of any heraldic bearing. Compare voided.


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