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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A length of cloth worn by women over the head, shoulders, and often the face.
  • n. A length of netting attached to a woman's hat or habit, worn for decoration or to protect the head and face.
  • n. The part of a nun's headdress that frames the face and falls over the shoulders.
  • n. The life or vows of a nun.
  • n. A piece of light fabric hung to separate or conceal what is behind it; a curtain.
  • n. Something that conceals, separates, or screens like a curtain: a veil of secrecy.
  • n. Biology A membranous covering or part, as that on the developing fruiting body of certain mushrooms; a velum.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with a veil: Dense fog veiled the bridge.
  • transitive v. To conceal or disguise.
  • intransitive v. To wear a veil.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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 diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.
  • n. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
  • n. The calyptra of mosses.
  • n. A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
  • n. A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul; a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil; a Moslem veil.
  • n. Same as velum, 4.
  • n. A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.
  • v. To don, or garb with, a veil.
  • v. To conceal as with a veil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A cover; a disguise; a mask; a pretense.
  • n.
  • n. The calyptra of mosses.
  • n. A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
  • n. A covering for a person or thing
  • n. Same as Velum, 3.
  • transitive v. To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cloth or other fabric or material intended to conceal something from the eye; a curtain.
  • n. A piece of stuff, usually very light and more or less transparent, as lawn or lace, intended to conceal, wholly or in part, the features from close observation, while not materially obstructing the vision of the wearer; hence, such a piece of stuff forming a head-dress or part of a head-dress, especially for women.
  • n. Hence, anything that prevents observation; a covering, mask, or disguise; also, a pretense.
  • n. A scarf tied to or hanging from a pastoral staff. See ovarium, 3, sudarium , vexillum, and banderole, 1 .
  • n. In anatomy and zoology, a velum.
  • n. In botany: In Hymenomycetes, same as velum, 2 .
  • n. In Discomycetes, a membranous or fibrous coating stretching over the mouth of the cup.
  • n. In mosses, same as calyptra, 1 .
  • n. In phonation, an obscuration of the clearness of the tones, either from a natural conformation of the larynx or from some accidental condition, as fatigue or a cold.
  • To cover with a veil, as the face, or face and head; cover the face of with a veil.
  • To invest; enshroud; envelop; hide.
  • Figuratively, to conceal; mask; disguise.

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

  • v. make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
  • n. a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl
  • n. a garment that covers the head and face
  • v. to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil
  • n. a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms
  • n. the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old North French, from Latin vēla, pl. of vēlum, a covering.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French veile (compare modern French voile), from Latin vēla, nominative plural of vēlum. (Wiktionary)

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