veil (plural veils)
- Something hung up or spread out to hide or protect the face, or hide an object from view; usually of gauze, crepe, or similar diaphanous material.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Matthew 27:51 ↗:
- The veil of the temple was rent in twain.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- She, as a veil down to the slender waist, / Her unadorned golden tresses wore.
- A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
- [I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page.
- 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence. p. 4.
- Beckett complains that "in the forest of symbols" there is never quiet, and longs to break through the veil of language to silence.
- The calyptra of mosses.
- A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; a velum.
- A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul (especially over the head)
- a nun's veil
- a paten veil
- an altar veil
- (zoology) velum A circular membrane round the cap of medusa
- (mycology) A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.
- An obscuration of the clearness of the tones in pronunciation.
veil (veils, present participle veiling; past and past participle veiled)
- (transitive) To dress in, or decorate with, a veil.
- (transitive) To conceal as with a veil.
- The forest fire was veiled by smoke, but I could hear it clearly.