from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A covering for a table when it is not in use for meals, usually consisting of some ornamental fabric.


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  • Little Mrs. Rosa started up too on her sofa, clutching hold of the table-cover with her lean hand, and the two red spots on her cheeks burning more fiercely than ever.

    The Newcomes

  • He stumblingly lugged a heavy pile of dishes from the center-table to the kitchen, shook and beat and folded the table-cover, stuck the chairs atop the table, and began to sweep.

    Our Mr. Wrenn

  • Heinrich Krafft, the hero of the episode lay on the short, uncomfortable sofa, with the table-cover for a blanket.

    Maurice Guest

  • East had remained lying down until Tom finished speaking, as if fearing to interrupt him; he now sat up at the table, and leant his head on one hand, taking up a pencil with the other, and working little holes with it in the table-cover.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • Below the resolutions, on the little table covered with an old-fashioned crocheted cotton table-cover, lay Stephen's Bible, worn, marked, soft with use.

    The Witness

  • Indeed, it soon became necessary to extinguish Mr. Bowles, and to that end the young gentlemen rolled him up in the table-cover, and put him carefully away in a corner, where he soon went into a sound sleep, and remained until his master woke him up on the following morning.

    The Von Toodleburgs Or, The History of a Very Distinguished Family

  • "It's rather a mess, isn't it?" remarked Austin, folding a red table-cover round his single leg by way of counterpane.

    Austin and His Friends

  • He saw the face of the girl grow white as the table-cover, he saw the lurking laughter die in her eyes, and the purple black terror dilating the pupils.

    The Crimson Blind

  • A bright fire was blazing, lighting up the crimson carpet and curtains, and sparkling on the snowy table-cover, where preparations for such a tea were made as Arthur was usually at this time prepared to appreciate.

    Left at Home or, The Heart's Resting Place

  • The table, after being drawn out to its proper length, should be covered with a cotton-flannel tablecloth -- white, if the table-cover is the ordinary damask; red, if the open work table-cover is to be used.

    Manners and Social Usages


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