Venetian blind

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Venetian blind a window blind made of horizontal strips that overlap when closed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1769 the British designer Edward Beran enclosed wooden slats in a frame to adjust the amount of light let into a room. These became known as venetian blinds from their early use over Italianate windows.
    • Venetian blind a blind for windows, doors, etc., made of thin slats, either fixed at a certain angle in the shutter, or movable, and in the latter case so disposed as to overlap each other when closed, and to show a series of open spaces for the admission of air and light when in other positions.
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Usage

In literature:

Dust Venetian blinds with feather brushes.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Battens or boards placed at a certain angle, so as to admit air, but not wet; a kind of Venetian-blind.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
We would have to live willy-nilly in the uncomfortable rooms with Venetian blinds in the big house.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
The place was in darkness, so I drew up the Venetian blinds, letting in the grey depressing light of the wintry morning.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
Mrs. Danvers rose from her seat, and quietly lowered the venetian blind, and Ellen again stole back to her seat.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
The piano filled half the place; the windows came down to the ground, and had Venetian blinds and lace curtains.
"The Daughter of the Storage" by William Dean Howells
A cord from the Venetian blinds was the most convenient tie material.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
They entered a little apartment, in which the Venetian blinds were down.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Holmleigh was shut up and in darkness, save for a slit of light that could be seen beneath the Venetian blind of the dining-room.
"Bindle" by Herbert Jenkins
The Venetian blind is always down in there.
"Through the Postern Gate" by Florence L. Barclay
Venetian blinds are the best of any interior blinds, though window awnings are much pleasanter in summer.
"Household Organization" by Florence Caddy
Noiselessly she rearranged a vase of flowers and closed the slat of a Venetian blind.
"Ghost Beyond the Gate" by Mildred A. Wirt
Going into a back room, he ripped some laths from the Venetian blinds.
"'£19,000'" by Burford Delannoy
The street lamp outside, shining through the venetian blinds, made long bars of light on the walls and ceiling.
"The Story of Louie" by Oliver Onions
Venetian blinds were provided to keep out rain and the too direct sunlight.
"Nurses' Papers on Tuberculosis :" by Various
Birds nestled in the Venetian blinds, and the hum of the great city scarce broke the silence.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
But in passing Mr. Delorane's, Aunt Hester's head appeared above the Venetian blind of the dining-room.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
I gazed at the window, where no light escaped through the lowered Venetian blinds.
"The Red Room" by William Le Queux
The drawing-room had three large windows with Venetian blinds.
"The Girls of St. Wode's" by L. T. Meade
As we pulled up before Number 10, I at once recognised the truth, for the green Venetian blinds were all down.
"The Lady in the Car" by William Le Queux
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In news:

Have you ever turned down the lights on a warm afternoon and let that Los Angeles sunshine stream through some half-closed Venetian blinds.
Peeping through my Venetian blind, I noticed that the sasanqua buds were getting ready to burst into bloom.
Peeping through my Venetian blind, I thought of the poem, "October's Bright Blue Weather," by Helen Hunt Jackson, and the first time I heard it.
Peeping through my Venetian blind, I perked up at the sight of pink daisy mums, a-bloom along my picket fence.
Through half-open venetian blinds, it plays out in turgid stripes of bright and dark across a hardwood floor.
NEWARK — An East Orange who was convicted of beating his wife using a cable wire and Venetian blind wand was sentenced today to 22 years in prison, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said today.
Lutron Adds Tilt to Venetian Blinds.
Don't be blind to this Venetian charm.
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In science:

The R1408 tubes have “venetian blind” dynodes and the R5912 tubes have “box and line” dynodes.
Phototube tests in the MiniBooNE experiment
These 13 stages, 8 inches, R1408 PMTs don’t have a single photo-electron peak and the cause of that is expected to be due to their venetian blind dynodes.
Note on Drexel tests of the IMB R1408 PMTs used in the inner veto of both far and near detectors of the Double Chooz experiment
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